Google will finally replace the terrible blob emoji with not-so-terrible ones in Android O

There are different styles of emoji, but none look as freaky and weird as Google's blobs. The Android emoji shaped like strange, thumb-people evoke the opposite of the cheerful feeling one gets when looking at other emoji. Not just that, they are completely misguiding: emojis sent from other platforms convey one feeling, and when you receive them on an Android device and see a completely different melted blob, you may simply fail to understand the message. The Android emoji are simply wrong.

And finally, Google has realized this too: it is finally fixing emoji in Android O with much more sane, round-shaped ones that actually look like people and not melted down shapes. Here is how the new emoji looks and how they compare to the old style:

Better? Yes! Good? We're not so convinced, especially in comparison with the joyful, colorful emoji that come in Android's biggest rival, iPhones, and most other emoji in the world.

Fastcodesign has got the detailed story on the new emoji, and what's particularly striking is that it took Google a whopping 18 months to figure out this new style that looks marginally better. It all started with Android N when Google introduced female professions and those came in a set of emoji with torsos that looked like real people. This brought chaos in the Android emoji world, that then consisted of both the blobs and the realistic-looking ones, all in a single set.

To craft these new emoji Google had to create a brand new emoji logic, not just new pictures. It had to make the new emoji style cohesive with Material Design guide-lines and the company used a grid system to get consistent expressions across emoji. The company also tried to move away from stereotypes:

“We purposely moved away from just putting the girls in pink. We needed for legibility purposes to tell the difference of men and women, but why did she need to be in a stereotypical color? And we put women in pants,” says Rachel Been, Creative Director on Google’s Material Design.

source: Fastcodesign



1. matix73

Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

To me, they are much worse...

20. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

LOL. I don't use emojis but Samsung emoji pack is the best IMO.

2. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Same Apple emoji design. So as usual, imitating Apple.

9. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

That's what I noticed too. As usual Android is copying Apple once again in a very shameless manner.

10. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Seriously? Are you blind? They are round and yellow, that's the only two things that resemble Apple's emoji. Which all emoji's look like in general.

11. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

If you think these two look like, you're an idiot

14. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

They moved from droid shape (like android logo) to round one (like Apple emoji), so who is idiot?

15. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

All other versions of Emoji are round, going back to the first one in 1963 which was yellow and round. Even described in the Unicode list of smileys. If you google smileys, they are all yellow and round. That's the standard form, not Apple's definition. Just look up smileys in and you'll see what is the standard.

21. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

Agreed. Samsung has been crap since they started copying the absolute garbage from Apple starting withthe S6. If I was a stupid moron, I'd buy an Apple. But, I'm not. That's why I bought a S5 with microSD, removable battery, and a solid build.

3. tex2dj

Posts: 1; Member since: May 18, 2017

awesome i like them

4. bucknassty

Posts: 1395; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

what was wrong with the little droid like emojis?

5. squishypanda8

Posts: 46; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

I liked the old ones

6. lolatfailphones

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Welcome to 2012 Google

7. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

the new ones looks bad and more serious unlike the old ones which looked funnier and easier to understand

8. skips

Posts: 490; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

i found the old ones so cute and sweet ! ! and now it looks like any other emoji pack. shame. :^( but i've got bigger problems in life so whatever, you do you, google.

12. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

That's fixinf**kin

13. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

f**king hideous*

16. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Nothing wrong with the look of an emoji. This is pure iphonearena poor journalism hating on all things non Apple again. The issue is different code having different emojis between different operating systems. Occasionally an emoji you use ends up completely different on their end, which is the only issue. Not sure why either. I thought they all used the same universal code.

17. Pitrich

Posts: 239; Member since: Apr 13, 2016

Emoji should be the same. Less confusion over platforms

18. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

How was there any confusion? They are virtually identical, except the new ones are round.

19. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Samsung ones are worse

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