The difference between Android and iOS emojis has been a cause for concern over recent years. So much so it makes communication difficult at times particularly on the android side which most people believe have it worse in the emoji wars... But all that is set to change.
Google has announced a series of updates as part of its latest Android N preview, but we can skip past the new 3D rendering API and launcher shortcuts and head straight to the real news, which is that Android will finally deploy emoji that look like actual people. Did i hear you say yay?
If you own an iPhone, you might look at me mad thinking “what else do emojis look like?” well, while you see a bald, yellow, blob-like figure on your phone, your Android friend sees a rather unappealing figure: It’s like a parade of minimalist Minions to be clear.
Henceforth, Android emoji will ditch the melting yellow Buddhas in favour of emoji that look like actual humans. Imagine! It will also allow for skin tone variations just like the iOS.
For what it’s worth, right now this only applies to Android N, which means Android smartphone owners won’t actually see it for some time still, even if they have a Nexus device. If they have something slower to receive updates—which is basically anything else—it could be years.