Have you ever been so overwhelmingly filled with love that it moved you to tears? Or, perhaps you’ve laughed so hard you felt sick—and wished your phone had an emoji to convey that feeling? Whether you’re sending a note to your valentines or your one true love, Gboard on Android now takes your favourite emoji and mixes them into customised stickers, helping you express those nuanced thoughts and feelings.
We affectionately refer to this feature as Emoji Kitchen, because you can explore new “recipes” of expressions using your favourite emoji as ingredients. Using Gboard on your Android phone, tap on any smiley emoji and Emoji Kitchen will reveal a number of stickers specially handcrafted by the designers at Google.
So when you tap the face with a cowboy hat emoji ??—YEEHAW now you have monkey cowboy, ghost cowboy, laughing cowboy, kissy cowboy, in love cowboy, pleading cowboy and of course … pensive cowboy.
Emoji have been around long enough that people want to play with them as we do with words—mashing them together, turning nouns into verbs, breaking them apart to create entirely new concepts. Language is infinitely creative just like art and music, and with Emoji Kitchen, your phone’s keyboard becomes an even richer canvas for expression.
Emoji Kitchen is rolling out to all Gboard users on Android, starting today. If you want to start cooking now, join the Gboard Beta program and try it out on your favourite communication apps, including Gmail, Messages by Google, Messenger, Snapchat, Telegram, WhatsApp, and more.