Google released on Wednesday (8) the smiley faces of the latest Emoji 12.0 Android package. There are 230 new emojis for 2019, focused on diversity and accessibility, which also feature stickers to illustrate people with disabilities, interracial couples, and genderless designs.
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The emojis are part of the beta version of Android Q. The update is available for all Google Pixel phones and 15 other devices from manufacturers like Sony, OnePlus, Nokia and LG. Like all beta software, designs released by Google may change before the final release. Check out the faces listed in the emoji package for Android.
Google lana emojis without gender and bet on the included Photo: Divulgao / Google
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In addition to the release of Unicode-approved emoji for 2019, Google also developed a non-binary figure and adapted 53 human illustrations of men and women to offer a third gender option. Figures like vampire, zombie, fairy and others have gained a new version for those who do not want to define their gender.
In an interview with Fast Company, Google designer Jennifer Daniel did not clarify how to refer to the new emoji: "We don't call this character non-binary, third gender or asexual, not even unisex." The proposal of the new smiley face includes, and recognizes the gender as a spectrum, so that the figure can be masculine, feminine or other gender identity.
New gender-inclusive emoji released by Google Photo: Disclosure / Google
In the new images from Google, some emojis have changed as they include their own version for the third genre, such as a change of hairstyle and others in clothing. For example, the non-binary vampire (illustrated in the second column of the figure below) wears a chain around his neck instead of a bow tie or necklace. Already the mermaid figure appears with arms crossed, unlike the female edition of top, and the male with the trident.
Non-binary drawings (in the middle) surrounded by their gender variations Photo: Divulgao / Google
More accessibility and included
The Emoji 12.0 package advocates for representativeness from the debut of several figurines that even target interracial couples, same-sex parents, and people of all ethnicities. In addition to the wider offering of different skin tone images and varying couples, the new emojis follow Apple's campaign last year of representing people with different abilities and accessibility-oriented devices. Some of the new illustrations include hearing aid, co-guide and motorized wheelchair.
Google will also launch new emojis for people with disabilities Photo: Playback / Google