Gboard is adding support for Android 11’s new emojis
Among the many additions in Android 11 is support for the new emojis included in Unicode 13, announced earlier this year. New emojis are great, but it can take a while for everyone to get them on a system level. Thankfully, keyboard apps can add support at any time, and that’s exactly what Gboard is doing.
Android 11 brings 62 new emoji (117 including variations) and these are now included in the latest Gboard beta. Some of the notable additions include Bubble Tea, a black cat, a polar bear, Mrs. Claus, and a boomerang. Gboard only has initial support for these emoji as you can’t search for them yet, but they are present.
One thing to keep in mind is some of the new emoji won’t work unless you’re on the Android 11 beta. The new smiles, in particular, will not appear correctly if they are not supported by the OS. There’s only so much Gboard (and other keyboard apps) can do without support at the system level. Fortunately, if you have a rooted Android device, you can install the new emojis on any Android version through a Magisk Module as we previously covered.
Regardless, if you want to get on board with most of the new emojis already, then download Gboard version 188.8.131.529852869. You can join the beta in the Google Play Store or download the latest APK from APKMirror right here.
Via: Android Police