by Gabrielle Okun · June 9, 2018
Google temporarily changed its “couple in love” emoji to a gender-neutral default for Android phones, which is being tested Thursday.
Users of Android’s newest update, Android P, will get a temporary change to their phones with the new emoji featuring a gender-neutral couple as the keyboard default, the Daily Mail reported. Google’s latest move to be more inclusive will also include 157 new emojis with another one that depicts a gender-neutral family. A submenu allows Android users to choose more conventionally-gendered emojis.
The Unicode Standard, a guideline for emoji qualifications, wrote “If a gender isn’t mentioned, then a gender-neutral or gender-inclusive display should be used,” the emoji reference website Emojipedia reported.
Gender-neutral emoji are coming to your Android phone https://t.co/KN1C01RPWj
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) June 7, 2018
Not sure, if using gender-neutral emojis as the default ones in #AndroidPis the best idea https://t.co/NGfidJmT2Ppic.twitter.com/HSsIJ53nw2
— Martin Suchan (@martinsuchan) June 7, 2018
Google is also launching a new emoji of a salad with tomatoes. The emoji previously featured an egg but it was changed to become more vegan-friendly.
The emoji update is expected to be available on phones starting in July or August 2018, according to The Verge.