SVP Lockheimer says Android is working on new emoji

SVP Lockheimer says Android is working on new emoji
Hiroshi Lockheimer has just been promoted to SVP of Android by Sundar Pichai. So what important business is the Android team working on at the moment? Is it developing a new feature for the platform that will allow battery life to triple? Did the team discover a fool-proof auto-correct algorithm? A tweet from the executive reveals that Android is working on something he knows that users are craving: new emoji.

Perhaps this is the response from Google after seeing how much attention Apple received from its new emoji line-up that was part of the iOS 9.1 update. Besides a hot dog, burrito and a bottle of champagne, Apple included the middle finger salute, which pretty much guaranteed a response from smartphone users.

The Android SVP hasn't hinted at a timeframe for the arrival of the new emoji, merely stating that Android is in the process of working on it. Any particular emoji that you would like to see offered by Android?

Tweet from Android SVP Lockheimer says that Android is working on new emoji of its own

Tweet from Android SVP Lockheimer says that Android is working on new emoji of its own


source: @lockheimer via AndroidandMe

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10 Comments

1. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Hands down, Yahoo has the best emoji's that I've ever used. Would love to see a similar implementation on Android!

2. buccob

Posts: 2944; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Canadian?

3. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

A question: can an emoji be patented??? because Apple could sue Google over it. :D

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5579; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Emoji are from the Unicode industry standard So no, unless if Apple made some of their own emojis, but I'm pretty Apple are using the ones from Unicode

4. blue305

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 23, 2015

Today i was thinking about the exact thing..so accurate and cool emojis did yahoo messenger had :'(

5. DnB925Art

Posts: 1165; Member since: May 23, 2013

Someone from XDA has already zipped the iOS 9.1 emojis and made it installable on a rooted Android phone. It's not hard to do if you have root on your phone.

6. GeekMovement unregistered

"So what important business is the Android team working on at the moment? Is it developing a new feature for the platform that will allow battery life to triple?" I wish! But I'll look forward to the new emojis too lol.

8. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

How about the ability to convert (and have universally recognized by any device, OS, carrier, etc.) any picture format converted in to emoji?...Furthermore the ability to draw one's own emoji (would be optimal for stylus-enabled devices like the Note series). Middle finger and bare boob emoji = no problem.

9. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Niceee

10. Rager722

Posts: 595; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

I want all the flag emojis like iOS and the middle finger taco emojis!

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