Twitter Now Uses Its Own Emoji on Android Called Twemoji
Twitter’s Android app appears a bit different for some of its users today: the micro-blogging now has its own “Twemoji” emoji set rather than the system emoji. The update will be available for users on older Android versions, which lack some newer emoji.
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Some emoji don’t display correctly on versions of Android preceding Oreo, which is still only available on a small division of devices. Unsupported emoji show up as hideous placeholder boxes. This update substitutes the entire set with Twemoji, to solve that problem. Twitter’s emoji are pretty good-looking, to boot.
Twitter’s mobile and desktop sites have already been showing the platform’s emoji. At least half of users of the first-party Twitter app on Android 4.4 or newer will see Twemoji starting today, according to Twitter Design Lead Bryan Haggerty, with broader support to come.