The Emoji 15 update for Android brings new emoji, emphasis on colors, and customization

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what you need to know

  • Android has announced a series of new updates to Emoji.
  • Emoji 15.0 update allows Android users to enjoy customizable emojis and animated emojis, with a total of 31 new emojis added to the library.
  • The new Emoji 15.0 update will be available for Android smartphones in December with the Android Quarterly Release.

Android has announced a series of new updates that allow users to be more expressive when using emoji.

According to a Google Developers blog post, new emojis (colored and solid) and new ways to customize them are coming soon. These updates include the new default font called COLRv1, open-source animated emojis, and customizing your emojis through Emoji Kitchen.

Today the Unicode Consortium released the data files for the Unicode 15.0 update, which includes 31 new emoji. These new additions bring Android’s total number of emojis to 3,664 and will be available on Android starting December this year with the upcoming Feature Drop before rolling out to other Google products by early 2023.

It will also come to AOSP (Android Open Source Project) in the coming weeks.

New Emoji 15 Emoji

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With the update, Google is marking the release of its first-ever line of animated emojis. Google has a page where users can see and download some of these new animated emojis. Some of these animated emojis are already supported by the Google Messages app.

Animated emoji

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Web users can also customize the appearance of an emoji using the COLRv1 format. This new color font allows users to change an emoji’s colors and is available on Chrome and Edge, with Google expecting to add more support to other browsers like Firefox soon.

With COLRv1 and Noto Color Emoji, users can render crisp, vibrant digital images right from their browser.

Google notes how users can customize the color of emojis with Emoji Kitchen “thanks to Noto Emoji,” which helps them make them more personal. For example, you can select a red rose and a yellow heart to create a yellow rose.

While the new emoji will be available for all products later this year, Google’s entire emoji library is already available to download and try.

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