Google spotted testing an emoji bar in Gboard, here’s what it does

    If you have been using the Gboard keyboard app, you must be familiar with the process of long pressing the comma button to access the emojis and inserting it. This change will likely solve the issue.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Jul 18 2020, 01:15 PM IST
    Gboard logo.
    Gboard logo. (Google Play Store)
    Gboard logo.
    Gboard logo. (Google Play Store)

    During the World Emoji Day, we saw Apple previewing some 13 emojis that will be coming later this year as a part of iOS 14. Google also revealed 5 new emojis (from several others) that will be arriving to Android devices soon. However, the search giant is doing something more to make communicating with emojis easier. The firm has been spotted testing a new emoji bar on its Gboard keyboard app. The bar can be seen over the word suggestions, making it easier to insert it and send.

    If you have been using the Gboard keyboard app, you must be familiar with the process of long pressing the comma button to access the emojis keyboard and using it. This change, as shown by Engadget, will likely solve the issue. It is not for sure though when this will be coming to the masses.

    Gboard Emoji Bar Gif.
    Gboard Emoji Bar Gif. (via Engadget.)
    Gboard Emoji Bar Gif.
    Gboard Emoji Bar Gif. (via Engadget.)

    For now, you can become a beta tester of the Gboard app by applying here.

    Also read: World Emoji Day: Here’s a look at all the new emojis coming to Apple, Android devices

    In addition to this, Google has said it is adding 117 new emojis to Android 11 this year. Some of the emojis include man in veil, woman in tuxedo, and person bottle feeding baby. The new set has 62 new characters, 55 skin tones and gender representations. Others include tamales, pinata and anatomically correct heart. We have seen this in Apple’s emoji preview as well for iOS 14.

    New emojis coming in for Apple include - a dodo, anatomical heart, nesting dolls, pinched fingers, piñata, tamale, boomerang, ninja, beaver, transgender symbol, bubble tea, coin and lungs. Apple is going to add more emojis, like people hugging, a disguised face and a smiling face with a tear, but for now it has previewed these 13.

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    First Published Date: 18 Jul, 12:42 PM IST
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