In some Android Q news this week, we have learned that Google will release over 50 new gender-fluid emoji on Android Q phones. There will be 53 new gender-fluid emoji more specifically, and Pixel phones will see them in beta this week.
The emojis you will see will be ambiguous, which means they will not appear as male or female. This is just the latest attempt by Google to make the emoji a more universal symbol for people instead of it being a default yellow man. Keep reading to learn more about all of the 53 emoji coming as part of Android Q.
Android Q Will See 53 Gender-Fluid Emoji Later This Year
Later this year, Google will be releasing 53 gender-fluid emoji on Android Q smartphones. If you have a Google Pixel device, you will notice that these new ambiguous emoji are available right now in beta. These new emojis are all designed to be ambiguous, which means that they are neither male or female symbols. Google is trying to make the emoji symbols more universal, and the only way to do that really is to make them all neither male or female.
The yellow man has been the default emoji option for years, but this is not a good thing in these more gender-fluid times. It’s been a long road for Google in the emoji department and they have actually been around since 1999. Back in 1999, the first 176 emoji symbols were released and since then more than 3,000 have been added to the catalog. There are quite a few that are new characters and symbols altogether, while others have variances between male and female or even color differences. Existing emojis have been changed to add more genders and races over the years.
Gender-Fluid Emojis Coming to Android Q as Google Changes Approach
Google is changing approach for the emoji symbols now, but problems are still persisting that makes this a difficult task. One issue is that the Unicode standard doesn’t really specify a gender whereas the emoji designs themselves often have different genders.
If you look on iOS, there is an emoji of a person in a sauna and it’s a male. The Google design for the sauna is a female, so it can be confusing when you are messaging someone on a different platform. These differences between iOS and Android when it comes to emoji have created quite a bit of confusion over the years.
Android Pie was really the first operating system from Google where the emoji designs could be for men or women. The different characters make it harder though since some have a hair cut or style that could be either male or female. With the dracula emoji, it was changed so that it was wearing a chain to be more ambiguous. Before the dracula emoji had a choker for female and a bow-tie for male, but that is no longer the symbol. Another change was a genderless character that features arms crossed so that you can’t see the bare chest to make it more ambiguous too.
Google Admits Gender-Fluid Symbols are Complicated
Google has since admitted that trying to create these gender-fluid symbols is a hard process as there is no perfect way to get it all right. Since gender is a complicated topic these days, it’s hard to get a single image to communicate a gender. Google said that since gender is a construct and it’s a spectrum, it makes things more difficult when it comes to emoji.
It’s important to note that these gender-fluid emojis that Google is working on are for now simply a Google project. For those sending messages to someone on iOS, this means that the emoji will still have a gender. Google thinks that in the future other companies are going to move towards the gender-fluid emoji, including Apple.
We will still see the gendered emoji and likely always will, but Google is trying to make more options available for those who want them. We want to know in the comments below what you think of these gender-fluid emoji coming to Android Q. Do you think making more gender-fluid emoji is a good idea? Are you more likely to use an emoji if it’s gender-fluid as opposed to either male or female? Lastly, are you excited for the release of Android Q later this year or are you still going to be using Android Oreo or Android Pie?