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Google Changes ‘Couple In Love’ Emoji To Gender Neutral

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Google temporarily changed their “couple in love” emoji to a gender-neutral default for Android phones which is being tested Thursday.

Users of Android’s newest update, Android P, will get a temporary change to their phones with the new emoji featuring a gender-neutral couple as the keyboard default, the Daily Mail reported. Google’s latest move to be more inclusive will also include 157 new emojis with another one that depicts a gender-neutral family. A submenu allows Android users to choose more conventionally-gendered emojis.

The Unicode Standard, a guideline for emoji qualifications, wrote “If a gender isn’t mentioned, then a gender-neutral or gender-inclusive display should be used,” the emoji reference website Emojipedia reported. (RELATED: Google Is Solving Discrimination Through Inclusive Emojis)

Google is also launching a new emoji of a salad with tomatoes. The emoji previously featured an egg but it was changed to become more vegan-friendly.

The emoji update is expected to be available on phones starting in July or August 2018, according to The Verge.

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