Emoji are important. Hell, they were the biggest reason I wanted to write about the recent update of iOS 14.2. More emoticons = better expression.
When a Unicode consortium, a non-profit organization that works distribution and approval of emoji, launches a new set, there is a palpable excitement to start using them in our favorite apps and devices as soon as possible. However, we often have to wait for it while Apple, Google, or your phone manufacturer releases an update to the operating system with the new kit.
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This process may change for Android users. Sleuths in XDA Developers a hint in the Android code that suggests the Big G thinks detach emojis from the system update so you can get them faster.
The new code commitment suggests that they should be stored under a new one / data / fonts / files directory that allows the server to update these files. This means that Google or other vendors can send a font file update to send new emojis to users at any time.
The new code also shows that this will help other applications read these files and import new emojis directly into their system.
As the XDA people point out, this code has not been merged with the Android open source project, so it is not yet final. But we can hope that this update makes the cut and we get new emoticons without waiting for an on-air update.
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Published on November 25, 2020 – 06:29 UTC