Emoji have become an essential component of communication, and today Google has made a number of announcements, including the addition of emoji to the Unicode 15 standard, animated emoji for Android, and more.
Jennifer Daniel, Google’s Creative Director for Emoji and Emoji Kitchen Chef, provided some updates on the company’s recent emoji development on the Google Developers blog.
That primarily refers to new Unicode 15 emoji updates to Google’s emoji collection. A few of the new emoji included in the Unicode 15 standard are the wing, leftward and rightward hand, shaking face, ginger, donkey, moose, goose, jellyfish, and pea pod, as we previously reported this year. As seen in the image below, Google showcases their designs for all 21 of these new emoji in today’s blog post.
These new Unicode 15 emoji will be uploaded to AOSP “in the next weeks,” according to Google, and will start appearing in Android upgrades in December. Presumably, Pixel will be the first to receive this update.
Android and other Google products will soon support Unicode 15 emoji, and the company is also producing a colored version of its “Noto Emoji” font. Online users can utilize the open-source Noto Emoji emoji font, which is also used by Chrome and other Google products. Emoji were previously only supported in black and white, but full-color versions are now supported by the font.
The official animated versions of the emoji used in Android are also being made available by Google for the first time. Although not all emoji are available, Google’s website offers close to 200 different animated emojis. Google Messages already employs several of these animated emojis.
Finally, support for emoji that can change colors is also being added to Google Chrome. available here will demonstrate that feature if you are using the most recent Chrome build.