On the issue of missing emoji characters on Twitter, the micro-blogging platform has rolled out updated versions of its Twemoji designs for its Android users. Twitter is updating its Android app with custom emoji because most Android phones are never on the same (or latest) software release, so users often aren’t seeing the same icons.
To roll out Twemoji on Android, Twitter used Emoji Compact. Compact has Android’s compatibility library that has a feature which absolves developers of the need to use Google’s own emoji. Google has a fragmentation problem when it comes to Android system versions, which prevents those using older systems from accessing, let alone seeing, more modern emoji icons. More than half of those using Twitter’s app on Android 4.4 or newer should now see all emoji, with support for more users on the way this week.
The change was first reported by Emojipedia.
The change will likely make many people happy. Now, regardless if a user is on Marshmallow, Lollipop, Nougat, or Oreo, Twitter for Android will start using its own “Twemoji” library, as Emojipedia reports. That means all Twitter for Android users will see the same set of emoji regardless of what version of Android they’re running.
Twitter is an online news and social networking service. On this, users post and interact with messages known as “tweets”. Tweets were originally restricted to 140 characters, but on November 7, 2017, this limit was doubled for all languages except Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. Registered users can post tweets, but those who are unregistered can only read them. Users access Twitter through its website interface, through Short Message Service (SMS) or mobile-device application software (“app”). Twitter, Inc. is based in San Francisco, California, and has more than 25 offices around the world. It recently has launched its own emojis.