Google is adding 53 gender-fluid emoji to Android Q

Google will announce 53 sexual emoticons in this week's beta version of Pixel Phones and will add emoticons to all Android Q phones later this year. Fast Company reports that it is Google's attempt to simplify the emoji keyboard to more common characters, especially for emoticons designed specifically for men or women. A modern interpretation of the emoticon's previous default [노란색 노란 사람].

The number of emoticons has exceeded 3,000 since the original 176 symbols were re-released in 1999. Some are entirely new characters and symbols, but some are new emoticons for existing races and genders for existing emoticons. The current approach is more comprehensive, but there is a problem. Emoticon The keyboard becomes more difficult to parse, and it is almost impossible to include both skin tone and gender in emoticons that appear in multiple people.

Another problem is that sometimes we have not specified any core Unicode standard. For example, Google's design for people in the sauna is female, but on iOS, the character is male. This means that when a message is sent across platforms, the gender of the emoticon changes, which can be confusing.

Google's new approach to Android Pie, which saw its first signs of last year, is to create an emoticon design that can be either male or female. The approach is different between different characters. While some have medium length hair with no gender, Dracula emoticons have changed their clothes into an Android chain rather than a bow tie (male) or choker (female). On the other hand, a criminal without a gender shrouds his weapon and covers his chest, masking his chest and making it ambiguous.


google is adding 53 gender fluid emoji to android q

Gender is the spectrum of the emoticon type.
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I admit Google designer Jennifer Daniel to Fast Company . "Gender is complex, it's impossible to pass gender into one image, it's structure, it's dynamic in spectrum, I personally do not think I have a visual design solution, but it's not a bad approach I think, we can not avoid race, sex, and many other things in culture and rank, and to understand it we have to look at the face, that's what we are trying to do. [find] Men or women, or men and women To create a symbol that makes everyone feel. "

Currently, 53 new pictures are exclusively Google projects. That is, if you send it to a non-Google smartphone, it will still be gendered. But Daniel thinks that other companies will eventually adopt a similar approach. In the long run, Daniel wants all the emoticons to be more universal. Although this does not mean that older gender emoticons will disappear (although you can still access them through the context menu), the containing emoji can be the new default for the emoji keyboard.

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