This fall, Android 12 will feature updated versions of Google’s emojis

This fall, Android 12 will feature updated versions of Google's emojis

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  • But you don’t have to wait for Android 12 to see the new emojis — Google says updates will start rolling out to Gmail and Google Chat starting later this month. Nor will you need to have Android 12 installed on your device; all apps that support Appcompat will automatically receive the update. In the absence of any new emoji coming with Android 12, Google said it wanted to give users emoji that were “more universal, accessible and authentic.” Many of the previews showed emoji that were more accurate to the real world (no more yellow lines on the outside of highways) or more welcoming (the face mask emoji now has open eyes to better reflect the intent behind masking).

  • Discover how Google is refining its emoji ahead of a release later this month. With the release of its Android 12 mobile operating system this fall, Google’s emoji will have a new appearance. And you don’t need to be an expert emoji user to comprehend why. In a recent blog post, Google explained it in detail. According to the blog post, “Emoji have a global audience and it’s crucial for them to remain globally relevant.” Google uses the pie emoji as an illustration. Currently, it resembles a slice of pumpkin, which is popular in the US but less well recognised elsewhere. The new pie-shaped emoji, which might stand for “apple pie, blueberry pie, strawberry pie, cherry,” appears entire and uncut.

What other changes are happening in Android 12? Check out our coverage of all the features you’ll love, even the hidden ones. You can also read about how privacy features will let you prevent apps from collecting unwanted data. Google Maps will introduce a new widget that can predict nearby traffic on a person’s home screen in the coming weeks, without having to open the app, Google said in a blog post on Thursday.

Other widgets Google gave attention to include the Keep widget, which allows people to scroll through their to-do list, a Translations widget showcasing favorited translated phrases and a more versatile Gmail widget. We handpick the products and services we write about. If you buy through our links, we may get a commission. Reviews ethics statement Deals. Save $75 on Samsung’s Sleek Galaxy Watch 4 Today Only at Best Buy. This Samsung smartwatch was named our favorite of the year for Android users, and right now you can pick it up for 25% off.

Real-time traffic predictions are already present in Waze, another Google-owned mapping app, and Google Maps itself. This widget brings the traffic prediction functionality to a person’s home screen by using location information. Google says that users will be more easily able to glance at their phone to see what local traffic might be like. The company also touts the ability to zoom in and out with the widget itself, forgoing the need to open the app. This widget is currently limited to Android phones.

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