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NEWSLETTER: GOOGLE’S EMOJI BLOBS RETIRED & FACEBOOK ENABLES SAFETY CHECK!

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.” – Arthur Schlesinger (Historian)

GOOGLE IS SLASHING ANDROID’S EMOJI BLOBS

THE STORY

Google announced this week that it’s making a bunch of changes to Android emoji. It’s finally introducing new set of emoji that look like people (more conventional), and largely killing off freaky blob emoticons.

WHY DID THEY DO IT?

Introduced in 2013, these divisive blob icons sort of remained a mainstay for Android. Some like them for their unique spin while others hate the potential for miscommunication they introduce when speaking across multiple platforms. Gradually in 2016 these emoji dropped off some blobbiness and turned into more gumdrop shaped icons. As human figures emoji came in trend that also saw the beginning of the end for the blobs.

Finally, the latest version of Android, O, which is expected to hit this autumn as Android 8.0, sees a total redesign of every emoji, dropping the blobs altogether. The sole purpose behind this gesture is to bring more clarity in how we communicate with our friends and family.

IS THE NEW DESIGN LIKE IOS?

The current design of emoji set is being compared to iOS emoji set, many say. As some higher levels of design details are included, especially the adoption of those human like round faced emoji. Not just this, even 3D shading and higher contrast levels have been noticeably improved.

WHAT MORE TO EXPECT?

Google has assured its fans that the new set of emoji will be available, even without upgrading to new Operating system version. That would allow devices that don’t receive rapid updates, such as cheaper Android phones and tablets, to continue to see all the emoji available for their platform.


FACEBOOK ACTIVATES SAFETY CHECK FEATURE AFTER MANCHESTER EXPLOSION

THE STORY

The deadly Manchester terrorist attack at Ariana Grande concert left at least 22 people dead and dozens more injured. In account of this Facebook has introduced a safety check feature in Manchester which allows you to broadcast friends telling you’re safe.

WHO WAS BEHIND THIS ATTACK?

Manchester officials have confirmed that a male suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device after the concert in the public area outside the venue. The suicide bomber who brought carnage to the Manchester Arena has been named as Salman Abedi.

HOW TO MARK YOURSELF SAFE?

Safety Check allows you to mark yourself publicly safe in the area of attack, and asks those if they’re safe too. To enable safety check, login to your Facebook account and go to Safety Check on your iOS or Android device and then click on “Find Help”.

Facebook users can also browse a map view or scroll through existing posts on the main Safety Check page to see what kind of other help people in the area are offering.

This feature originally developed by Facebook to let users inform friends and families they were safe following natural disaster. But this is the first time that Facebook has used this safety check measure against a non-natural happening.

Rimzhim Sharma

Rimzhim Sharma is a blogger at Systweak Software. An engineer by qualification, she discovered her penchant for writing all things tech and cool, quite by chance. She writes about newest technology trends and gadgets. When not writing, Rimzhim is likely to be found reading, traveling, or simply digging into her favorite foods.

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