Android N developer preview 2 emojis
Google introduces new people emoji with support for skin tonesGoogle

One of the noteworthy features in the second release of Android N developer preview is emoji Unicode 9 support. Google, in this update that is available for Nexus 6, 5X, 6P, 9, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G devices, introduced a new design for people emojis.

Those who are keyboard or messaging app developers can now take advantage of these emojis by incorporating them into their apps. In addition to it, the update supports skin tone variations and Unicode 9 glyphs, like the bacon, selfie and face palm.

As the release note for the developer preview suggests, "Skin tone and new emoji will not show up until keyboards build support for them in the palette. Apps should not need to take any action to take advantage of these new emoji, unless the apps use a non-system font. IME developers need to incorporate support for the new emoji."

The easiest way to try out the emojis along with other changes is by enrolling your supported Nexus device into the Android Beat Program. But those who are not part for the programme are not out of luck either.

Folks at XDA forum have bundled the new emojis from the Developer Preview 2 into a flahsable zip file. This means with a custom recovery installed on your Android device, you can get a chance to play with the new emojis. It is important to note you must back up your font in the following directory /system/fonts/NotoColorEmoji.ttf before you go ahead with the installation process.

Below is the download link for the new emojis in Android N developer preview 2. But these emojis are meant for viewing only. If you want to use them, you can copy and paste them from the emojipedia site. Head over to the XDA development thread to know more about the emojis in Android N.

Download link: Android N emojis flashable file