SAY HELLO TO THE NEW MESSENGER EMOJIS!!!!
Facebook just rolled out a new update that contains “1500” new emoji, including gender-agnostic options and multi-colored emojis. For multi-colored emoji users, they will get to determine the skin tone they prefer, including dark, pale, or The Simpson’s yellow.
For those who prefer female emoji, an entire set of emoji catered for ladies is also available, including a female police officer, female runner, and others.
Previously, some users would see replacement emoji characters that were native to their device, but now all users will see the same ones, irrespective of how they access the service. The company says that this will ensure that no one will see “broken-looking black boxes or emojis that just don’t make sense.
Official announcement regarding this update:
From skin tones that you can choose to lots of women in great roles, Messenger is beginning to make emojis more representative of the world we live in.
Emojis have changed the way we talk to each other – whether it’s a smiley face to show you’re happy, a thumbs up, or a pizza when hungry, emojis are a fun, easy way to express yourself when words just aren’t enough — and people love them! In fact, nearly 10% of mobile sends in Messenger include emojis. However, not all platforms have kept up with emoji standards as they’ve evolved – which means sometimes the emoji you wanted to send wasn’t the one that showed up. Nor are they living up to the gender and skin tone diversity that we see in our world everyday.
ONE EMOJI STANDARD FOR THE MESSENGER WORLD
Messenger is addressing emoji woes by rolling out a new set of standardized emojis so you can be sure you’re sending the right message. No matter what emoji you pick, it will now look the same for all Messenger users, regardless if the recipient is on Android, iOS or another platform. In other words, no more broken-looking black boxes or emojis that just don’t make sense. Our characters are consistent every time you use them, no matter what platform the recipient is on.
NEW EMOJIS = MORE DIVERSITY
Messenger is bringing over 1,500 newly designed Messenger emojis to the world. The new designs, gender-agnostic options and multi-colored emojis will be available on many Android devices and web products for the first time. We’re diversifying the genders to create a more balanced mix that’s more representative of our world. Now, using Messenger emojis, you’ll see a female police officer, runner, pedestrian, surfer and swimmer for the very first time, and we’ll keep rolling these out.
In an effort to make the emojis you send a better representation of our world, you will also be able to pick the skin color you prefer. All you have to do is set the color you want your default emojis to be when Messenger launches, and your emojis after that will follow your preference. Of course, you’ll have the option to change this in settings or even make a one time decision. Also, at launch, we have emojis representing red heads for the first time.
TRY THEM OUT!
On all platforms, the Messenger composer will now include an emoji picker to help you select the perfect emoji. Tap the new emoji icon at the left of the composer to find just the right emoji. It’s now easier than ever to toggle in between the regular text keyboard and the emoji keyboard.
We hope you enjoy using these new Messenger emojis, which will start rolling out worldwide tomorrow. As always, we look forward to hearing your feedback
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