Google Redesigns Salad Emoji To Become Vegan So That Now, Everyone Can ‘Eat’ It

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It seems as though people really do care about emojis. Why else would tech companies roll out hundreds of new icons regularly and introduce animated, lifelike versions of them?

In addition to the surge of redhead emoticons recently unveiled by Apple and Android, Google has revised the recipe of its green salad emoji so it more closely resembles something that everyone can eat.

Jennifer Daniel, head of design for emoji at Google, tweeted, “There’s big talk about inclusion and diversity at Google. So if you need any evidence [that] Google is making this priority, may I direct your attention to the emoji—we’ve removed the egg in Android P beta 2, making this a more inclusive vegan salad.”

The redesign would also better match Unicode’s description of the emoji, Daniel addressed in a separate post, which calls for, “A bowl of healthy salad, containing lettuce, tomato, and other salad items such as cucumber.”

The bite-sized salad now comes only with lettuce and tomato pixels. Without the pop of yellow in egg yolks, it looks a little dull. Perhaps some chopped carrots and dressing would help to brighten the dish up both in terms of aesthetics and flavor, Google?

This isn’t the first time the company has revamped a food emoji. After some outcry last year, CEO Sundar Pichai vowed to “drop everything” and move the cheese slice in its burger emoticon upwards, so that it would sit above the patty.

There's big talk about inclusion and diversity at Google so if you need any evidence of Google is making this priority may I direct your attention to the 🥗 emoji— we've removed the egg in Android P beta 2, making this a more inclusive vegan salad. pic.twitter.com/kzHY0A9ZjG

— Jennifer 💩🌪️ (@jenniferdaniel) June 6, 2018

1960: "In 2018 we'll have flying cars and travel across space!"

2018: "We removed an egg from an emoji because it hurt someones feelings."

— amadxus 🏁 (@beatsbyamadxus) June 6, 2018

Winners, Ken. Winners.

— JD (@JawKneeDaniel) June 6, 2018

Yes, but is it fair trade organic?

— Alyosha (@W_Nelson) June 6, 2018

Thank's for makeing that salad boring, you could have changed the egg into an avocado

— GRAPE! (@GrapeCollie) June 7, 2018

Why dont you make a salad for every preference instead of this hateful exclusion of everyone who isnt a vegan?

What about tomato allergies?

What about those who think bacon bits are paramount?

Also isn't excluding eggs misogyny?

So not woke. 👎👎

— Dirk J All Day (@DJD_Allday) June 6, 2018

That's too bad, because I really like hard boiled eggs in my salad. I feel excluded by Google. 😥

— Mike "not a bot" Goldweber (@halciber) June 6, 2018

Replace it with an avocado! It looks depressing AF now.

— Lev “Lloyd Banksy” Novak (@LevNovak) June 6, 2018

Hello carnivores, vegans and everyone in between! Just want to clarify that the goal of salad emoji redesign was to create an image more faithful to unicode's description. "A bowl of healthy salad, containing lettuce, tomato, and other salad items such as cucumber." Bon appetite!

— Jennifer 💩🌪️ (@jenniferdaniel) June 6, 2018

[via Eater, images via various sources]

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