- Today, July 17, is ?World Emoji Day?.
- To celebrate, Google is giving us a throwback to the days of “blob” Emoji by issuing new sticker packs.
- The blob Emoji stickers are available now in Gboard and Android Messages.
For a long time, Google’s “blob” Emojis were one of those little details that differentiated Android from other operating systems. Slowly, however, Google started making its Emojis look a lot more like Apple’s, Microsoft’s, et al.
But Google is giving us a little throwback to the days of blob Emoji by adding new stickers to both Gboard and Android Messages, via The Verge. To be clear, these new stickers don’t replace the current “normal” Emoji symbols with the old blob designs but are instead moving GIF stickers.
Today, July 17, is ?World Emoji Day?, which is why Google is launching the new sticker pack. If you didn’t know it’s World Emoji Day, you’d better get out there and buy me a present to put under my Emoji tree ?.
World Emoji Day happens on July 17 because the calendar Emoji ? always shows that date. That date’s significance is the 2002 launch of iCal for Apple computers, which is why the calendar Emoji highlights the day.
If you really miss the blob Emoji from days of yore, you can still use them in Google Allo, the ☠ doomed ☠ chat app. Other than that, almost every Google product uses the standard circular shape for its Emoji options.
Depending on how you look at it, these new blob stickers could be an exciting way to reacquaint yourself with the way Emojis used to be or a painful reminder that Emojis on the current version of Android just aren’t as playful and exciting as they used to be.
Either way, be sure to celebrate World Emoji Day by ? inserting ? them ? into ? every ? sentence.