Google’s emoji catchup starts next week with Android update
Google has been slow to adopt the latest emoji sets, meaning Android users cannot see certain icons used by iPhone-owning friends. But the company has promised to catch up, and it starts with a Nexus update that will begin rolling out next week.
Android users were quick to complain that they didn’t have the same emojis iPhone users did after Apple released its iOS 9.1 update last month, adding over 180 new icons from Unicode 8.0. Google is still using Unicode 6.0, which means many icons simply don’t appear on Android.
After plenty of complaints from fans, Google promised to play catch up, and now Hiroshi Lockheimer — Senior Vice President of Android, Chromecast, and Chrome OS — has confirmed on Twitter that new emojis will be coming to Google’s own Nexus devices next week.
Look! New emoji coming to #Nexus next week. Fonts and tech details shared with OEMs to include in their updates too. pic.twitter.com/GwvKw2d67p
— Hiroshi Lockheimer (@lockheimer) December 3, 2015
Google has also shared “fonts and tech details” with other OEMs (third-party Android device makers), which will allow them to support the new emojis, too. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely many of them will be in a rush to deliver their own updates.
Most manufacturers will likely just add the latest emojis to their Marshmallow upgrades due next year, so we’ll have to wait a while yet — but at least we know they’re coming.
- SourceHiroshi Lockheimer