These Are the New Android Emojis (RIP Blob Face)

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These Are the New Android Emojis (RIP Blob Face)

In Google’s latest version of it’s mobile OS, Android O, it’s redrawn a lot of the emojis we’ve come to know. In place of the emoji that were commonly known as blob faces, we’re now getting more circular faces that match more what you get on iOS. You can see the full listing of emoji over on Emojipedia.

Google says the reason for the change was to fit in with the crowd and communication across platforms less confusing:

“We spent a long, long time making sure that we addressed cross-platform emotional consistency,” says Rachel Been, a Creative Director over at Google. “Because one of our main goals with the redesign was to avoid confusion or miscommunication across platforms, we wanted to assure the user that when they sent an emoji to a friend, the message was clearly communicated regardless of whether they are on iOS, Windows, Samsung, or any other platform.”

Blob faces have been a mainstay of Android since 2013, though they’ve always been a bit divisive. Either way, we’ll miss them.