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Bye Bye, Blobs: Android O Intros New Emoji

If you’re busy flashing the Android O beta to your Nexus or Pixel device, you’ll soon discover a revamped emoji library on your device. To sum up the changes, RIP to the blobs. 

As you might already know, various OEMs provide differing libraries of emoji, so what you see on Pixel devices will differ from, say, a Galaxy S8. At least for Nexus and Pixel devices, once Android O hits your device, these are the new emoji you will find.

While I wouldn’t label this as the biggest change ever, it certainly is notable. You have to keep in mind, though, what you see on your phone will differ depending on what type of phone the receiver of these emoji has. I wish there was just a single, standard emoji library, but that’ll never happen.

Here’s a look at what you’ll see now versus what it is currently on select Android devices (Pixel, Nexus, etc).

New vs. Old

  • Why must we drive everything to be overly different the normal iOS emojis have always loved better because they were the first implantation why spend all the time trying to make them different, things like this is one reason I hate seeing a green message bubble pop up in my messages because i know if I send an emoji there is a high chance of confusion on what I was aiming to say.

    • michael arazan

      Figured apple probably copyrighted every emoji on their devices, even though they been around before smartphones

  • Stefan

    Coming from other platforms. I am glad to see the blobs go. Going standard universal Emoji style is much better IMHO.
    The blobs look like some 6th grader drew them

  • Chris Hannan

    Some of these really miss the mark. Like the sunglasses one…should be a smirk, not a smile.

    And the red cheeks are in the completely wrong location for most of these. They’re directly under the eyes for some, making them look like they were crying but trying to force a different expression.

    Apple seems to be the only one who can get emoji right. At least these are better than Samsung’s.

  • iZi

    Could they move to an APK at one point ?
    that would create a new market for emoji pack!

  • JP

    I can’t be the only person who likes the blobs better. These new ones are not nearly as emoji-y.

    • Fref

      So did you just not decide to look at the other people who posted before you?

      • JP

        I glanced at them, sure, and then I added my voice to the conversation.

        You, on the other hand, decided to just be rude for no reason. Congratulations. I hope you’re proud of yourself.

  • Superman

    Well, these ones look more like emoji.

  • I never liked the blob style, iOS has always had way better emojis.

  • Adrian

    I used Textra to get better emojis. The blobs were ugly as hell.

  • Ichigo Uzumaki

    I prefer the WhatsApp emojis over these two….

  • Xsoldier2000


  • These are horrible. Bring back the blobs.

  • a3uge

    At some point Apple will realize their gradient 2005-smiley pack emojis look outdated. Awful move.

  • Justin Osborne

    These are terrible.

  • Rod

    I like those blobs, too.

  • Paul

    I prefer the blobs, but anything is better than the Samsung emoji.

  • Kai

    Should’ve kept the flat look of the old ones and just rounded them out. These new ones have some weird shading issues going on. Yuck.

    • Cowboydroid

      Looks a terrible iOS implemention.

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  • T_Dizzle

    Good, those fun drop looking emojis are tired.

  • Charles Rosaaen

    Blobs >>>>>>>> these new ones.

  • I feel like they lost all their charm. 🙁

  • Mike Stout

    NO! I really like the blobs over the Walmart roll-back-prices heads.

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  • Mr.Bean ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    They could’ve just made them round and kept their faces instead of making them more iOS like.

  • Mr.Bean ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    They could’ve just made them round and kept their faces I stead of making them more iOS like.

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  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Useless… Because like like you’re saying once they get to another device it’ll look completely different anyway. Don’t even get me started on Samsungs ridiculous emoji

  • Eric R.

    Finally. It’s annoying sending emojis to other Android devices and OS’s and them being different.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I mean… That’s still the case.

      • Eric R.

        But they’re more similar now

    • shkrmkr79

      I agree. I never knew half the time which blob was which half the time. I always switched to ios emojis on any phone I’ve had. Surprised so many people don’t like these new ones.

  • MettaWorldTroll

    I’d take the old any day.