The second developer preview of Android N was recently rolled out and in fact, it becomes the first beta ever to be available outside the Google device niche.
Google is for the first time offering this beta test to Sony via the Xperia Z3. There is also word that the search engine giant is working to incorporate pressure-sensitive capabilities into the OS. As it seems, these are not the only new features that have come with the second beta of Android N.
In a blog post that is outlining the changes included in the new OS, the VP of engineering, Dave Burke, reveals that there is a new set of emoji that is coming to the new OS. Based on the recent Unicode 9 release, Android’s emoji will finally look more like humans. In addition to coming in with a set of new emoji such as selfie and bacon, users will also be able to get something that iOS users have been enjoying for quite some time – the ability to adjust the emoji’s skin tones.
According to the blog post, Google acknowledges that the company is moving away from generic emoji to more human-like designs with the new people emoji.
This is a cool move from Google as the company has had quite some weird-looking emoji in the past. Now that it is making them less creepy, it might just be the game-changing move for the company as the new design gives finer details that were missing in the previous emoji.
The use of emoji has become prevalent in the current millennia’s world. With this in mind and the fact that Android is the most used OS in the world, it is a great thing that Google is doing by giving users options that help in better self-expression. However, be warned that this update will not come to all Android users since different manufacturers have their own keyboard too.
The direction being taken by Google towards embracing Unicode 9 emoji release means that major companies are beginning to embrace the idea of having universally recognizable emoji. This is great given the vast number of OEMs, especially when it comes to the Android niche. It gets even better as it might be very helpful in bridging the gap between iOS and Android devices.
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