Google has rolled out a new Android P preview, which can be downloaded by developers and the public alike. Android P Beta 2 includes a whopping 157 new emoji, many of which are designed to promote inclusion and diversity.
Redheads are finally recognised, while a new superhero emoji can be represented in two genders and five skin tones. There are also new gender neutral ‘family’ and ‘couple with heart’ emoji.
Vegans might be glad to hear the salad emoji no longer has an egg, while meat and seafood fans will be pleased to see a lobster emoji along with a redesigned slice of bacon that no longer looks raw.
There’s also a bagel with cream cheese, what looks like a pie or cheese wheel and a llama. Google is also revamping the turtle and cricket emoji in this update.
Beyond the emoji, which Google says there may be more of between now and release, Beta 2 also adds some important tools for developers building apps for the Android OS.
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The Adaptive Battery tool uses machine learning to prioritise system resources for apps Android users care about most. There’s also the new App Actions tool, which will suggest the app to users at appropriate times. Meanwhile, the Slices tool will allow content from third-party apps to appear in places like Google Search and Assistant.
In order to install the Android P Beta 2 today, you’ll need a Pixel device enrolled in the Android Beta program. However, in a few days, it’ll also be available to owners of some non-Pixel devices like the OnePlus 6.
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