Gboard Can Now Make Custom Emoji Stickers Out of a Selfie
By Anil Ganti
A lot of Google products started as a lightweight. Over time, they keep getting features until the end result is chock full of features people didn’t know they needed, but cannot do without. In the case of Gboard, we have seen GIF creation, floating keyboard, clipboard manager only in the past few weeks. The idea behind such updates is to make Gboard feel personal, and today’s update does that.
Today, we’re introducing emoji style Mini stickers for Gboard, designed for those who may have stared into the eyes of emoji and not seen yourself staring back. These sticker versions of the emoji you use every day are customizable so you can make them look just like you. Have a beard and long gray curly hair? No problem. Nose piercing and baseball cap? We gotcha.
“Minis” is a sticker pack in Gboard that allows you to snap a selfie and create a personalized sticker based on yourself. Until now, there were only two sticker packs to choose from, but now there is a new one called “Emoji.” It puts your facial features into an emoji that matches the Android default style.
Minis use a combination of machine learning and artistry to create illustrated stickers based on your selfie. Mini stickers also come in two other styles: “bold,” for when you might be feeling a little extra, and “sweet,” for when you want a softer touch. After you take a selfie, emoji Minis use Google’s machine learning algorithms, known as neural networks, to suggest a skin tone, hair style and accessories that you can fine tune. Then, you choose a color for your hair, facial hair or different types of head coverings and eyewear. Add freckles or wrinkles—a little or a lot—if you’d like. Design your Minis so they resemble what you look like in your eyes—or in your mind.
The Gboard update with the new sticker pack is rolling out right now. The custom emojis can be used in any messaging app that uses stickers (or its equivalent)
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