Mash up your emoji into a smor­gas­bord of feel­ings

Google’s Gboard app mixes and matches stick­ers for ev­ery oc­ca­sion.

USA TODAY US Edition - - MONEY - Jazmin Good­win

Ever won­dered what it would look like to mix and match your fa­vorite emoji? Google is let­ting you play mad sci­en­tist and merge emoji to cre­ate a new one.

Google’s new “Emoji Kitchen” fea­ture lets you cook up new com­bi­na­tions us­ing its vir­tual key­board app, Gboard, on An­droid de­vices.

You can tap on any smi­ley emoji and the Emoji Kitchen fea­ture will pro­duce a num­ber of mixed and matched stick­ers for you to choose from. The op­tional key­board app for An­dri­oid and iOS users

in­cludes such fea­tures as mul­tilin­gual typ­ing and built-in Google search.

Google says each emoji sticker is hand­crafted by Google de­sign­ers.

“We af­fec­tion­ately re­fer to this fea­ture as Emoji Kitchen, be­cause you can ex­plore new ‘recipes’ of ex­pres­sions us­ing your fa­vorite emoji as in­gre­di­ents,” said Jen­nifer Daniel, Google’s cre­ative di­rec­tor of emoji, in a blog post.

Two emoji are smooshed to­gether to cre­ate a hy­brid emoji. And, the key­board fea­ture pro­duces some fun and wacky re­sults. For in­stance, if you tap the cow­boy hat emoji, you’re pre­sented with an ar­ray of op­tions in­clud­ing laugh­ing cow­boy, heart-eyed cow­boy, ghost cow­boy or even kissy cow­boy.

Other cool com­bi­na­tions in­clude a kiss­ing face with glasses, a red heart money-mouth face or even a ro­bot face with tears of joy.

You can start play­ing chef with Emoji Kitchen now, as Google has rolled it out to An­droid users for use on apps such as Gmail, Mes­sages by Google, Mes­sen­ger, Snapchat and What­sApp.

If Google’s mashups are too tame, you can check out pop­u­lar Twit­ter ac­count, the Emoji Mashup Bot, which isn’t af­fil­i­ated with Google. The ac­count has gar­nered more than 320,000 fol­low­ers since its de­but in July 2019. The Twit­ter ac­count, cre­ated by stu­dent Louan Bengmah, fea­tures the re­sults of new emo­jis pro­duced by two or three ran­dom emo­jis ev­ery hour.

GOOGLE

Google launched a new fea­ture for Gboard users on An­droid, “Emoji Kitchen.” Users can send mashups of their fa­vorite emoji as stick­ers to friends.

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