- Ginger emoji, along with more than 100 others, technically launched Tuesday with the 11.0 update to the Unicode emoji list.
- But people haven’t been able to use them yet since no platforms supported them.
- Google announced Wednesday that Android phones with the beta version of Android P could start using the emoji immediately.
- Scroll down for a list of phones that support the emoji and how you can get on the beta.
Android is the first major platform on the internet to support ginger emoji – and people with the newest devices can download and start using them right now.
Redhead emoji, along with other characters including bagels, cupcakes, superheroes, and llamas, technically launched Tuesday when Unicode 11.0 went live.
But they aren’t available for everyday use until the various platforms that host emoji update their systems to support the new characters.
On Wednesday, Android became the first platform to support the new emoji. In an email to Business Insider, a Google spokeswoman confirmed that users of beta Android builds could start accessing and using the symbols immediately.
No other major platform has yet announced support, making Google the first. In the process, it is stealing a march on the likes of Twitter and Facebook, which have traditionally been quicker to update.
Google shared designs for a few of the emoji with Business Insider in the following image:
Google employee Jennifer Daniels also tweeted an image which included all the Android redhead variants:
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According to Google, the Unicode 11.0 emoji are available on any of the devices that support Android P Beta, which can be downloaded here.
- Essential Phone
- Google Pixel 2
- Google Pixel 2 XL
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Nokia 7 plus
- OnePlus 6
- Oppo R15 Pro
- Sony Xperia X22
- Vivo X21UD
- Vivo X21
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
They will be available to everyone else on Android when Android P’s main update starts rolling out, which Google said is “later this summer.”
Twitter is partway through supporting the new emoji. It has published its designs for the new symbols but has yet to roll them out on its website. According to Emojipedia, this could happen as soon as the end of this week.
Business Insider has contacted other major emoji platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Apple, and EmojiOne (which provides emoji for platforms like Slack and Dropbox), but none have responded with any concrete plans to support them.
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