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Gboard's new Mini sticker pack looks very familiar to Android's stock emojis

The new Mini Emoji sticker pack is rolling out now for Gboard users on iOS and Android.

Published onOctober 30, 2018

Minis in Gboard
  • Google announced the new Emoji sticker pack for your Minis.
  • The new stickers take design cues from Android’s stock emojis.
  • The Mini Emoji sticker pack is rolling out to Gboard users on Android and iOS.

Up until now, Gboard featured two types of stickers based on your Bitmoji-like Mini avatars: Sweet and Bold. Starting today, Gboard users will have a third pack of stickers that are stylized to match Android’s stock emojis.

The good news is that the Sweet and Bold Mini stickers packs will not go away. Much like those two packs, stickers in the new Emoji pack attach to messages as images. The Emoji pack even lets you select different types of head coverings, eyewear, and other accessories for your stickers.

Emoji stickers

Creating your Mini is simple enough. Open up the sticker section of Gboard, locate the Mini option, and take a selfie. Google uses machine learning and neural networks to create an avatar that roughly replicates your look. The processing even allows your Mini to include user-specific details like skin tone, hair color and style, eye color, face shape, and facial hair.

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Nothing is perfect, however. If you feel like Google’s machine learning got it wrong, you can customize the look of your Mini before you start sending off stickers to friends and family.

The new Mini Emoji sticker pack is rolling out to Gboard on Android and iOS. Google did not say how long it will take for the sticker pack to make it to everyone, so this appears to be a staged roll-out.

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