Hate Android Oreo's new emoji? You may be able to bring the blobs back in a future Android release (Update: nope)


Android Oreo's emoji are certainly... controversial. While our poll on the matter showed people prefer the new designs, and our very own Victor H. called the old ones "terrible," those opinions are clearly wrong and blobs are the superior method of pictorial communication.

So here's a piece of good news for all the people out there who share this opinion: Google may be considering giving users the option to choose their own emoji set. Hooray!

The news comes from the issue tracker for Android, where a user-submitted request to enable choosing old versions of the emoji was met with a response reading: "We have deferred this to a future release, but leaving this open for now."

Or in other words: it's being considered, but don't get your hopes up too much. Still, we can only hope such a feature will be implemented as part of the Pixel 2 exclusive feature set (just like Google Assistant last year), as this would mean a speedy release, even if non-Pixel users will have to wait for a little while to get it. But again — this is just wishful thinking on our part.


Of course, such a feature would have to come as part of a system-wide font switcher (emoji come in their own, special font built into Android), like the ones found on LG and Samsung devices, so even users who couldn't care less about what their emoji look like would reap the benefits.

Also, it's worth noting that Google will also be adding the ability to see the new emoji to devices running older versions of Android — though this feature will rely on app developers, rather than being built into the core OS. Still, it's a step in the right direction, so we'll take it.

Update, 09.15: So much for that, folks — the same Google employee who made the comment has now closed the ticket on the issue tracker with the message "We are not planning to support old emoji design. All new emoji will be designed and added to the latest font according to the latest Google emoji design." So ugly, boring gradients it is, then.

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17 Comments

1. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Android still cannot even figure out their basic emojis while the new iPhone has Animojis which are beautiful emojis that could be animated by our own facial expressions using depth sensing front cameras...lol

2. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

That is pure gimmick.

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The snapchat generation are going to love those.

6. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Ok then make Poop face with Animoji.

7. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Ewww, don't know how anyone can live without that. Cute yes, but so what.

8. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

wont be long till we have an Android app that gives ALL android devices the ability to make Animojis. Tell me about how the Animoji feature will make it back to the iPhone 5S

13. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

*****

14. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

Turning your facial expression into poop , lol hahaha Apple rocks!!!!!!!!

15. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Bruh, if you're older than 12 and use emojis, smh.....that's all I can say

3. Stappy3

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

You're not wrong. Android still has some areas to work on.. like COMMITING TO SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS AN EMOJI DESIGN! This is I believe the 4th redesign?

12. AronWunarso

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Yeah, the first one is black and white blobby emoji then the colored blob emoji and then it was redesign on Nougat... I guess? And then it turn into circular on Oreo.

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I don't care what emoji-style they choose (I change it using root anyway) But they should make developers use the system emojis and not create their own. Whatsapp uses those ugly iOS emojis and I can't get rid of them.

9. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Emojis!!!! Hahahahahahaha hahahahahahaha We are now in Animojis world...thanks Apple...

10. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Only available for iPhone X users, the rest won't get them hahahahahahahahaha thanks Apple

17. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

iSheep detected.

11. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

The real problem is when an emoji you are used to is unrecognizable on another platform. As long as its uniform I am OK.

16. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

The real problem is emojis, period

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