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Android 12 is getting new emoji — plus new ones in the future without system updates

Android 12 is getting new emoji — plus new ones in the future without system updates

A new Android release usually means new Emoji, and Android 12 is no different. Google has just announced that it's rolling out the changes we spotted yesterday in Android 12 and other Google services like Gmail, Chat, and Chrome OS. That includes 992 redesigned emoji and some of the new (delayed) ones in the Unicode 14.0 standard. Google also tells us that apps will soon be able to harness new emoji separately from system updates. Originally, we were concerned that this was just a rebadging of the older EmojiCompat feature, but after speaking to Google a little more in-depth about it, that's not the case.

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Even emoji are being delayed because of coronavirus 😷

Even emoji are being delayed because of coronavirus 😷

It's not just events and product releases being delayed due to the impact of coronavirus. Clearly, human lives are at stake too, but almost as importantly, the emoji are also being affected. The Unicode Consortium has just decided to postpone the release of v14.0 of the Unicode standard for six months, upon which a future round of Emoji is set to be based.

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