Emoji intended to represent people look more like thumbs. They resemble “normal emoji that melted.” Or Dots candy or something. Now, this isn’t just a redesign of some of the stock Android emojis. Google went through and created brand new artwork for each character. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your taste), this means that instead of the blob emoji that stood out compared to other company’s characters, stock Android’s emojis look more similar to those used by iOS and other Android vendors.
Google finally got the message that these emoji suck. Okay, “suck” is a little harsh. I’m sure some of you like them. But they’ve always been a little too offbeat when other phone makers offer emoji that mostly look similar. Google tried to tone things down a little and restore normalcy with Android N, but it wasn’t enough. So this time the company decided to start over and make things right for Android O.
You can get the new emoji yourself if you install the beta release of Android O. Do you dislike the blobs enough to put up with random beta bugs? I just might.