Emoji face-off: Android 6.0 Marshmallow vs Android 7.0 Nougat


We already knew Android 7.0 Nougat was going to bring a fresh new set of emoji to Android users, those that were hand picked out of the Unicode 9.0 release. Anyone who’s spent any length of time in the latest developer previews already got a chance to see them, but it’s only now that everything has been made official and finalized.

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Goodbye Mr. Blob ?

In case anyone was wondering exactly what’s been changed, Emojipedia has provided us with a detailed look at the differences between the emoji found in Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and the new-school style in Android 7.0 Nougat. There are 72 all new additions, bringing the total number of emoji officially supported in Android up to 1,791. That’s a lot of tiny pictures. Here’s what’s new:

(The actual emoji will only be displayed in Android 7.0 Nougat or other supported OS)

? Rolling On The Floor Laughing
? Face With Cowboy Hat
? Clown Face
? Lying Face
? Drooling Face
? Nauseated Face
? Sneezing Face
? Prince
? Mother Christmas
? Man In Tuxedo
? Shrug
? Face Palm
? Pregnant Woman
? Man Dancing
? Selfie
? Hand With Index And Middle Fingers Crossed
? Call Me Hand
? Left-Facing Fist
? Right-Facing Fist
? Raised Back Of Hand
? Handshake
? Black Heart
? Gorilla
? Fox Face
? Deer
? Rhinoceros
? Bat
? Eagle
? Duck
? Owl
? Lizard
? Shark
? Shrimp
? Squid
? Butterfly
? Wilted Flower
? Kiwifruit
? Avocado
? Potato
? Carrot
? Cucumber
? Peanuts
? Croissant
? Baguette Bread
? Pancakes
? Bacon
? Stuffed Flatbread
? Egg
? Shallow Pan Of Food
? Green Salad
? Glass of Milk
? Clinking Glasses
? Tumbler Glass
? Spoon
? Octagonal Sign
? Scooter
? Motor Scooter
? Canoe
? First Place Medal
? Second Place Medal
? Third Place Medal
? Boxing Glove
? Martial Arts Uniform
? Person Doing Cartwheel
? Wrestlers
? Water Polo
? Handball
? Fencer
? Goal Net
? Juggling
? Drum With Drumsticks
? Shopping Trolley

You’ll notice the thick drawn outlines found in previous years emoji have been trashed in favor of a more flat, uniform look. Most of the jobs and actions have been replaced with actual humans, with a skin tone modifier finally being added to change the appearance of one’s race. A few staples have also been updated, bringing them more in tune with those found on iOS to ensure the correct emotion is being translated as intended.

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow (top), Android 7.0 Nougat (bottom)

Notably absent are female variants for action/job emoji (something Google already voiced concerns about changing) and the controversial rifle emoji, which was once a part of the Unicode 9.0 release, but later removed after receiving pressure from Apple and Microsoft.

It’s also worth noting that because these emoji are not yet supported officially on iOS or apps like Facebook Messenger, they should be used sparingly as the recipient will receive little more than a blank box. Of course, it will be quiet sometime before you see these new emoji on your Samsung, HTC, Sony, or other devices as you’ll have to wait for a full system update before they can be added. Even then, they’ll look much different from the Google emoji you see here. Kind of a bummer.

For more on all the latest emoji news — including more examples, samples, and further analysis — check out the source link down below. You can also quickly see everything that’s changed right here and everything that’s new over here.


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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