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Learn how Google reimagined over 2,000 emoji characters — all in the interest of expression.

Since the days of Android KitKat, our emoji have grown to over 2,000 characters with only subtle changes in style. With the proliferation of high density screens and new messaging use cases, we decided it was time to give our emoji an overhaul.

At Google I/O 2017, we announced a full redesign of the Android emoji font, which includes a unification of our visual style and a brand new design that fosters cultural awareness through diverse and inclusive emoji.

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Examples of the redesigned people emoji

Transitioning to new emoji

Our original emoji style was simple and flat with bold pops of color. …

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Rachel Been, Designer @ Google & Agustin Fonts, Product Manager @ Google

People often ask us how emoji are created and how they get into our phones. As a designer and a product manager working on Android, one of the things we strive for, is to give users the best text experiences, which of course includes emoji. Given our direct involvement in emoji at Google, we thought we’d share this process and tell you more about why we chose to focus on women in professions as a concrete example.

With the launch of Pixel, the first phone running Android 7.1, we are adding 63 new emoji with a focus on gender empowerment and fair gender representation. We are very proud of these new emoji, in part because we had a hand in making them a reality, and also because they sparked meaningful discussion and spurred a new way of thinking about the representation of humans in emoji form. …


Google Emoji

@rachelbeen and @agustin_fonts write about emoji at Google

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