The old Android "blob" emoji: do you like them?


So, among the many new things in Android O, we will get another refresh of the way emoji look. For years now, stock Android's emoticons have retained a unique, blob-like shape, keeping them similar to the Android mascot's head. However, the "blob emoji" aren't really loved by users, often referred to as ugly.

Major manufacturers that use Android as their phone's operating system are always eager to replace the emoji with their own set. Basically, the blob heads are only present on Google's Pixel and Nexus phones, as well as the few phones out there that run vanilla Android. Well, when the O update rolls out, the blobs will be gone, and we will have more conventionally-looking emoji.

What's your take on that?

Will you miss the Android blob-shaped emoji?

No, I am happy to see them go!
55.91%
Eh? Don't care
18.22%
Yes, I love the blob-shaped emoji! :(
25.88%

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29 Comments

1. Ray.S

Posts: 457; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

These were the most terrible emoji ever. Shapeless blobs.

2. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

I've totally grown to love the blob with sunglasses over the years though. He's cool. Ha, geddit?

13. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Looks like I'm with the minority who actually like these blobs.

14. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I liked them. They were different. B-)

19. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I still like the blob emojis... They are great for twitter posts.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I agree! Even the Android green ones when you type the characters for them to come up are terrible.

26. Lumia_Luigi

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 22, 2017

These new emojis look like ios rejects

28. -swagfox-

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 01, 2016

I'm pretty sure these were based off a Japanese style called Emoji. Everyone else copied the name

29. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Agreed. Horrible.

3. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I love some of the emojis on Whatsapp. Should get rid of emojis which are too small and difficult to tell the differences.

4. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

By the way, the emoji with some updated "fashion" would be nice!

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I really dislike the Whatsapp emoji. I use them because changing them is too big of a hassle. But would prefer that all apps use the system emoji and not their own (or at least offer this option).

9. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

You are fully right, but there were a couple of issues with that: 1. Whatsapp had emojis BEFORE the system ones were ready, I think this is true for both Android and iOS (only sure on Android) 2. If you do that then Whatsapp emojis would be system dependent, draining the user experience of Whatsapp (as the user would see different emojis on different platforms. Anyway: I actually like the Whatsapp emoji the most, so I´m OK with them being different than the rest.

12. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You do have a good point that they are sure they have all the latest emoji this way. And it's not a big issue for me anyway since I use 5/6 smileys altogether. Not really a big say it with a smiley kinda guy.

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

While I use Emoji one most of the times, I kinda liked those blobbies. There is even an petition going on where people want the old cat emoji back in O, the new one is very disliked. https://www.change.org/p/google-inc-bring-back-the-old-cat-emoji-in-android-o

6. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I miss the green ones from Android

8. thetruthhasbeenspoken

Posts: 83; Member since: May 02, 2017

Slow news day huh? Have you run out of anti-Samsung propaganda?

10. bucknassty

Posts: 1337; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

i dont use emojis much... but whats so wrong with them? you want them to look like iOS huh?

11. Stappy3

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

I loved these little guys.. They're like little mushy bio androids if that's even a thing :(

15. Joosty

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

One thing I had to give to iOS is their EMOJI game. These were pretty bad.

17. middlehead

Posts: 456; Member since: May 12, 2014

I don't even use emojis and I'd say those are ugly and stupid

18. Deadeye37

Posts: 300; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

I feel like I'm using old outdated emojis with Google's emojis. Pretty much everyone has better emojis than Google's blobs.

20. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

I hate them with passion since Gingerbread!

21. Zylam

Posts: 1816; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I loved them, they are my favourite. I'm actually really sad now.

22. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I wish all emoji were the same. Are they copyrighted or something. Why us it so hard. Switching between platforms and having to search for an emoji is a pain. Sometimes you can hardly tell they are supposedly the same.

23. yyzamin

Posts: 382; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Emojis should be universal accoss ios and Android.

24. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Frankly, when I switched from iOS, they looked like a downgrade to me. But I'm not that into emojis, so, couldn't care less which I use, so long as they have the one for the emotion I want to show...

25. Lumia_Luigi

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 22, 2017

These new emojis look awful

27. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

And the ones before them weren't?

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