This quick guide will explain how to use the new Android emoji that were released with the update to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Earlier this week Google released a small update to Android 6.0. It delivered over 200 new emoji characters, and other small changes. Read on to find out where they are, and how to use them.
Emoji characters while typing have become increasingly more popular on Android and iOS, especially once Apple added over 150 to iOS 9.1 earlier this year. As a result, Google’s now added over 200 to stock Android and all Nexus devices, and they’ll continue to arrive for all Android smartphones and tablets as updates rollout this month, and in early 2016.
Google’s VP of Android confirmed the update in late November, and now that it’s here users are likely excited to give some of the 200+ new emoji a try. Below is a quick guide explaining where they are, and the easiest way to use the new Android emoji while typing. You won’t need a new keyboard either, as they’re now built right into stock Android and the official Google Keyboard.
Many manufacturers like Samsung have additional emoji for its smartphones, and third party text apps like Textra have add-ons that will deliver iOS-like emoji for those on Android. Now, none of that is needed once users start receiving the update to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. All of Google’s new Nexus devices received it this week, and others will get it in the coming weeks or months from other manufacturers.
With that out of the way, here’s how to get access to, enjoy, and try any of the over 200 new emoji for Android. Ars Technica has a nice list of all the new ones, and what’s changed.
In order to take advantage of the new Android emoji images and characters that were added to our phones or tablets users will need to be running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Once they are, they’re built right into the stock Google Keyboard.
Users can simply head into their text message application of choice, the messenger app on Nexus smartphones, or even Google hangouts and start typing. Same rules apply to an email, and users just need to hit the emoji “smiley face” on the keyboard, or long press and hold a button to get the menu for all the new emoji. Swipe between them to find what you want, as there are a lot of them.
While using Google Keyboard, depending on the application you are in the emoji icon will automatically appear on the bottom right of the keyboard, or it will be the secondary action under the “return” key. In Google Hangouts and many messenger apps, it’s there by default. Tap the bottom right corner smiley, and flip through all the emoji. From tacos, smiley faces, hand gestures, flipping the bird and hundreds more.
As you can see above (left) the emoji face is present by default while writing on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. When tapped the icons appear as shown on the right, and there are countless different columns (in black and white) to choose from. Scroll through and find what you’d like.
With other apps, like Textra or text message applications, this may not be present. Instead, there is a return key like most keyboards for typing. Users just need to press and hold the return key, and the same smiley face as above will pop-up above it. From here just let go and the emoji keyboard appears full of the same options.
Shown above is how Google keyboard is during regular typing. Long-pressing the return key pops up the emoji smiley face and then grants users access to the over 200 new emoji characters.
It’s worth noting that the small three dots under the period or comma (on either side of the space bar) can also be long-pressed for additional options. It’s like shortcuts on the keyboard. This is just a shortcut to the emoji keyboard, rather than the regular keyboard.
No matter what you’re doing on an Android smartphone or tablet, as long as the keyboard is available, users can access and use any of the new emoji characters that have been added to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow this week by Google. For now these are only available on the Nexus 5, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, and the Nexus 7 and 9 tablets. Expect Samsung, Motorola, LG, HTC and others to update to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow in the near future, and integrate all the same Android emoji options to their smartphones and tablets as well. If you have any questions, drop us a comment below.