Google’s latest update on Gboard introduced a new feature in Emoji Kitchen, making it easier for users to choose relevant emojis based on the messages they type. The update also appears to include Google’s emoji blobs, which can be mixed and matched with other supported emoji.
The return of the blob was announced in the Android Feature Bundle, which is coming to all of the best Android phones. Google hid the feature in plain sight, using a gif to show the Emoji Kitchen update in action with a drop holding a magic wand, showing how to access the beloved emoji.
It seems like accessing the blob emoji requires a bit of magic with the wand emoji, followed by another supported emoji like a turtle or a heart. This will show the adorable blob interacting with different elements depending on the emoji used, like holding a turtle or getting out of hand in a whirlpool.
Android emoji blobs have evolved over the years from the early days of Android and were eventually phased out and replaced with more “modern” emojis in 2017 in order to achieve “cross-platform emotional consistency”. Many users have lamented the loss of their beloved blobs, and Google has brought them back in one form or another, although they are only accessible through stickers in Gboard.
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The new update is now rolling out to Gboard beta users, and it should make conversations a little more fun and nostalgic. Anyone new to Emoji Kitchen can check out our guide to the best Gboard emoji mashups and how to make your own.
According to Google, more users are expected to receive the update this summer.