Google and Facebook adopt water gun emoji, leaving Microsoft holding the pistol

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Google is the newest firm to ditch the pistol with a brand new emoji replace for Android customers. The swap to a vibrant orange and yellow water gun, rolling out now, mimics modifications made by Apple, WhatsApp, Twitter, and Samsung over the previous couple of years. That leaves Microsoft as the one main platform with the sensible handgun emoji. True, Fb nonetheless makes use of it, however a spokesperson for the corporate confirmed to Emojipedia that it could even be changing its gun emoji with a toy water gun. The Verge has reached out to Microsoft for remark.

The transfer makes Google’s gun emoji correspond with different platforms. So, if a pal sends the playful water pistol from an iPhone, it would now look comparable on an Android machine or in a tweet with none unintended miscommunication.

Picture: Emojipedia

Mockingly, Microsoft initially displayed the gun emoji as a toy, however modified it to a revolver in 2016 as a part of its emoji redesign mission. With Google’s (and Fb’s) newest transfer, Microsoft’s gun emoji places it at philosophical odds with the opposite big tech firms primarily based within the US the place gun violence is a serious concern. As we beforehand famous, in 2016 Apple efficiently pushed to take away the rifle icon from the standardized assortment of emoji.

Picture: Emojipedia

Google has made a number of modifications to its gun emoji over time, beginning with a black handgun in 2012, a classic pistol in 2013, then revolvers in 2014 and 2017, and now, a water gun. This latest change, nonetheless, is probably the most complete, and places Microsoft in an uncomfortable place.

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