Like them or hate them, new emoji are a highlight of platform releases on Android and iOS. It’s not just because of the plethora of new glyphs that are added with each update, it’s also because new emoji can only be added with a new system update. This would be fine if everyone was using a Pixel, but the pace of Android updates from major OEMs still leaves a lot to be desired. Thankfully, Google may be about to alter that dynamic for the better.
New code commits (spotted by XDA Developers) made to the Android Open Source Project will allow fonts to be updated without the entire system needing to be as well if adopted. Emoji are system fonts, hence why they’ll benefit from this change.
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As the XDA Developers team explains:
These commits essentially make it possible for the…