On the occasion of World Emjoi Day 2020, Google adds quick access emoji bar in Gboard for Android. This feature is currently limited to the beta version of the Android app. With the Gboard emoji bar, users would be able to quickly use multiple emoji without having to switch to the dedicated emoji page on the keyboard. In the current Gboard version, the users need to tap on the emoji icon next to the spacebar in order to open the emoji page.
Normally, to access emojis on Gboard, users have to tap on the emoji icon and then select the emoji they need to use. But with the new quick-access emoji bar (that’s what Google is calling it), users can insert emojis in their chats with a single tap. Apart from most used and suggested emojis, the quick-access bar at the top also includes an option to access all the emojis. And for those who seldomly use emojis, they can disable this row in the app settings.
According to Google, there has been an over 40 percent rise in the use of emoji during the shelter-in-place and social distancing times as people now have more emoji options than ever before. “We’ll see some of those efforts released this fall with a slightly smiling face, an emoji of two people hugging, a man in a veil, a woman in a tuxedo, and a person feeding a baby,” the company said in a statement on Friday.
Along with other emoji approved by Unicode, 117 new emoji will be available with the release of Android 11 in the fall. Android 11, expected to be launched on September 8, comes with a host of new features, including redesigned and reorganized notifications. There are also a number of accessibility, smart home, and general improvements included with Android 11 as well.