Google’s Gboard introduces Emoji Kitchen, a tool to mash up emojis to use as stickers – TechCrunch
If you’ve ever felt like there simply weren’t sufficient emoji choices to specific the way you’re feeling, a new addition to Google’s Gboard keyboard, launching at present, goals to assist. Gboard for Android is introducing a function referred to as “Emoji Kitchen” that enables customers to mash up completely different emoji then use them as stickers when messaging.
The stickers will work throughout apps, together with Gmail, Messages by Google, Messenger, Snapchat, Telegram, WhatsApp and others.
For instance, you would add glasses to the assorted smiley emoji, add a cowboy hat to a ghost, have a robotic cry tears, put a monkey face on a cactus (idk both), make the completely satisfied poop emoji specific love with a coronary heart and so forth.
To be clear, you possibly can’t simply mash up any of the 1000’s of emoji with every other one — it solely works with these Google helps, that are primarily variations on the smileys. That’s as a result of the emoji aren’t being mashed up in actual time via some type of AI system. Instead, Google designers have created this set of mashups for Gboard, particularly.
To use the choice, you first faucet on any smiley emoji and Emoji Kitchen will present which mashups can be found to you.
Google’s Gboard has lengthy been an experimental app for attempting out new concepts in self-expression, together with with launches like its personal set of personalised emoji, referred to as Emoji Minis, as nicely as with options like doodling, Morse code enter, emoji strategies and GIFs, and others in years previous.
The app has been well-received by Android customers, as a outcome — regardless of being years outdated, it’s nonetheless in a high 50 app within the Tools class and has greater than a billion downloads worldwide to date. It’s additionally now the default keyboard on some Android gadgets, like Google’s Pixel smartphones.
However, Google’s bigger aim with Gboard is to make it compelling sufficient for customers to hold it put in, giving the corporate a manner to deliver Google’s properties, like Search, immediately to the end-user. That’s extra vital than ever at a time when cell search has grow to be greater than desktop. Unfortunately for Google, cell search has been rather more costly, as the corporate now depends on offers with cell machine makers, like Apple, to make its search engine the default.
Gboard provides Google one other manner to hedge its bets — by skipping the necessity to use a browser app to get to Google. Users can simply use their keyboard as a substitute.
Google says Emoji Kitchen rolls out at present to Android customers.