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We Could Soon Get New Emojis On Android Without Waiting For System Updates

Love it or hate it, a lot of people use emojis to express a variety of emotions. It enables them achieve that while imploring a lesser amount of time with fewer taps of the keyboard. Ideally, support for new emojis on Android and iOS devices comes with system updates; such as Android 11 and iOS 14.2. A new report has come out claiming Google may be looking to decouple this dependency on Android system updates.


As confirmed by XDA personnel, Google has made several commits to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) Gerrit to ensure this. Currently, all fonts and emojis are stored in a read-only system partition; consequently updating them requires either rooting your phone and having a go at modifying system files yourself; or waiting for a system update.

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The new commits on the Gerrit show that Google will enable the “system server” process read-write access to the system directory. What this means is that the company will be able to roll out support for new emojis faster than before.


It is likewise imperative to understand that these commits have not been merged just yet, so there’s no assurance that this change will even happen. However, if they do get merged, we should probably see this change happening with Android 12 which is supposed to bring in at least 217 new emojis with Emoji 13.1 in 2021.


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