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Santiago Rivera
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What Your Emoji Mix Says About You: A Fun Personality Test

Gboard is constantly under construction as Google keeps finding ways to improve one of the most used tools on our phones. The latest experiment looks extremely similar to an earlier test that added GIF and sticker suggestions for emoji last year. This time, the company is experimenting with stickers that put one emoji's emotion on another emoji's shape, and the results can be hilarious.

Even if you don't see the suggestions yet, switching to the beta release might help you become part of the test. You can get the latest version by signing up as a tester on the Play Store or by grabbing it from APK Mirror. I hope this experiment will end up being included with the keyboard for everyone as it creates hilarious results. Maybe we'll even see more combinations in the future, like those created by the emoji mashup bot on Twitter.

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The new mash-up emoji have started to roll out more widely, but it looks like they're still limited to people who use the Gboard beta for now. We've managed to take a lot more screenshots of the feature, which you can find below.

After widely releasing emoji stickers to many Gboard beta users yesterday, Google today has made the feature official as "Emoji Kitchen." The company describes the new combinations as a way to express more nuanced feelings and thoughts.

The collection houses thousands and thousands of combinations and Google keeps adding more and more every other few months. The resulting mashups add so much more personality to existing emoji and allow us to create mixed emotions that a single one wouldn't properly convey, but the choices can get quite overwhelming. We've spent enough time trying out many of the combos and discovering the results, from cutesy to disturbing, so we're going to make things easy for you and share with you our favorites.

This post is best viewed on a device that supports all of the newest emoji. If you're checking it on your desktop and see some blank squares, switch to your phone. Anything running Android 11 or above should be able to display most of these properly.

Now, head over to a compatible app (list below) and type two emoji. A strip should show up on top of the keyboard and below the text field with a few large suggested emoji stickers. The first one on the left is a combination of the last two emoji you typed; in the example below, it's the winking face with a hand covering its mouth in one slightly naughty combo.

These emoji combos don't work everywhere on your phone. Some apps support them, but the majority don't. As a general rule, the ones that do are those that already support stickers (because the combo is actually a sticker). We've verified that the feature works in these apps, but odds are it's also compatible with plenty of other text messaging and social network ones:

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It probably takes Google's designers a lot of time to come up with each design, especially the ones that aren't a straightforward mash-up of two emoji but a more thoughtful combo (pig + fire = bacon, snowman + fire = melted snowman, etc...), so it's understandable that the combos aren't available for all emoji. We've listed all the ones that can be mashed up with themselves or with another emoji below, but keep in mind that some may be a bit limited. The 100 points or ribbon, for example, are pretty limited in what they can be combined with.

Given the breadth of options available, I wanted to highlight what I'll call our favorite 'modifiers.' These are the emoji that work really well with most others and often yield good or interesting results. Just try them with another face reaction or animal and see for yourself.

The upside-down face ? turns any emoji around, the masked face ? adds a mask to anything, and the shooting star ? makes any emoji dizzy. Fire ?, tree ?, tornado ?, balloon ?, and cake ? modify all emoji in a funky way.

The turtle ? and the cat ? are adorable with anything; the hedgehog ?, deer ?, and llama ? are cute too. There's also the hot dog ? and poop ? emoji, which are pretty much ridiculous with anything you add to them. And let's not forget the newly added dog ? and all of its derivates, finally bringing some justice for all of us dog lovers.

Ah, we get to the fun part now. First, let's start with the mash-ups made by intensifying the same emoji, i.e. inserting it twice. The results are overall awesome (even if predictable at times), but we're going to focus on some of the most special combos.

To see the combos that lead to all these masterpieces you see in the following section, be sure to tap or click on the emoji in the galleries below. You'll then see a little caption at the bottom showing you what exactly you need to type to get to the desired outcome, plus some bonus commentary on my part. Mischief achieved!

Things get even more interesting when you step out of the simple path of combining the same emoji twice and start mashing up different ones together. For example, you can give any expression to any animal (as long as they're supported by the feature), mix different colored hearts with various emoji for unexpected effects (try them with the birthday cake, cupcake, or sunglasses, to name a few), make a tornado out of anything, and way, way, way more. There's not enough time in the world to try them all, but we'll share with you here the ones we've discovered and loved.

Everybody loves making faces, but despite the sheer infinite amount of emoji, there might be some expressions that simply aren't available. Well, fret no more, emoji kitchen and its combos to the rescue!

The scientific community has lots of feelings about emoji representation. Geologists are excited about the new rock emoji, for example, but reviews are mixed when it comes to the fly. Emojipedia hide caption

Scientists can get very excited about what they study, and that means they can be pretty jazzed when what they study gets turned into one of the official emojis of the world and enters our shared visual language.

"I was aware of the mountain emoji, which is quite helpful for geologists, and there's a hammer and a pick that I use quite a lot," says Stacy Phillips, a geologist at The Open University in the United Kingdom.

Then she happened to look through the list of emojis recently approved by the Unicode Consortium, which sets the world standard for text and emojis on computers and mobile devices. She saw that a "rock" had made the cut, and thought to herself, "Yes!"

Or, maybe it's a rock covered in green moss or lichen. It doesn't really matter, because the rock will look different on every device or platform. Technology companies like Apple and Google create their own rendering of each emoji character approved by the consortium.

"I'm happy that there's a fly, now, and now I have to change my Twitter bio to reflect that," says Richard Meisel, a biologist at the University of Houston, whose lab uses fruit flies and whose Twitter bio says he is "waiting for a fly emoji."

"You look at all the other insects or animals that are available with emojis and you see that there are emojis for them and not for yours," says Meisel. "Obviously, in the grand scheme of things, it's a trivial emotional blow, but there's still an emotional component to it."

Mark Peifer, a biologist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is currently the president of a research association called the Fly Board. He surveyed fruit fly researchers and found that more than half of them thought the initial rendering of a fly emoji wasn't cute enough.

Anything that looks like that should be called the "housefly" emoji, so as not to "tarnish the reputation of tens of thousands of other flies with the bad associations people have with houseflies and fly swatters and so on," he says.

When he was looking at the other insect emojis, to see how the fly would fit in, he noted scientific inaccuracies. "Honeybees have four wings," Peifer points out, but some honeybee emojis appear to have only two.

A few years ago, for example, Apple created a squid emoji that had a key part of its anatomy--the siphon used for jet propulsion--in the wrong place, sitting between its eyes and looking disturbingly like a nose.

"I saw the problem immediately, but I was honestly just so thrilled to bits to have a squid emoji at all that I didn't complain," says Sarah McAnulty, a squid biologist at the University of Connecticut.

Kyle David, a biologist at Auburn University, says he checks every batch of new emojis "to see, you know, are we getting any cool new marine critters or are we just getting our fourth bear, or whatever."

Big groups from the tree of life are missing, he says, writing on Twitter that "Mammal emojis are so over-represented we're now doing extinct species and color morphs before a single representative from six of the ten largest animal phyla."

The currently available emojis include no creatures from the large groups of species that include jellyfish, corals, starfish, and sea urchins, he says. The entire fungi kingdom is represented by one mushroom emoji.

The new microbe emoji doesn't appease virologists' desire for their own emoji. It "just doesn't look like any of the viruses that any of us work on," says Kristen Bernard, a virologist at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Emojipedia hide caption

If she was designing a virus emoji, she'd give it an icosahedral structure, which has twenty triangular sides. "Most virologists," she explains, "if we saw an icosahedral-type shape, we would go, 'Ah, it's a virus!'"

Jessica Morrison, a product manager at Chemical & Engineering News, was part of a group that pitched a whole set of science emojis back in 2016. A bunch of them were accepted, such as DNA, a test tube, and a lab coat.

One of their proposals was the rock emoji. It was not accepted back then, which shows how this process can take time. "I was a geologist in undergrad, that's why I wanted a rock," says Morrison, who has called the emojis she worked on her "greatest contribution to science."


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