Google is set to release new non-binary emojis on all their phones.
The new emojis will be coming to Pixel phones in beta later this month, before being rolled out to all Android Q phones later in the year.
Google designed the emojis to appear gender fluid to attempt to simplify the emoji keyboard. Emojis have grown in popularity, in 199, just 176 existed, now over 3000 are in use.
Most of the addition include haircuts that could be male or female, while swimmers are in full-body costumers, as to not reveal any body signifiers. Other images show figures such as postal-workers covering their chest with their arms.
Jennifer Daniel, a designer at Google, told Fast Company: ‘There’s no singular way of getting it right. Gender is complicated.
‘We can’t avoid race, gender, any other number of things in culture and class. You have to stare it in the face to understand it. That’s what we’re trying to do – to [find]] the signifiers that make something feel either male or female, or both male and female.’
Until other companies adopt gender-neutral emojis, they’ll be assigned a gender if sent to other devices, not operated by Google.