Juan BuisDigital Culture Reporter
Juan Buis is TNW's Digital Culture Reporter, and you should click here. Juan Buis is TNW's Digital Culture Reporter, and you should click here.
There’s one language everyone with a smartphone speaks… emoji.
So when things go wrong and someone misinterprets a Unicode reference drawing for an emoji, a lot of people end up with something really strange.
On November 1st, 2014, Google released Android 4.4, incorporating the harmless, heartfelt emoji in Unicode 6.0.
However, the illustrators translating the reference drawings into an emoji that fit the Android style, for some reason thought the dotted heart stood for the pink monstrosity above.
Unicode works in a way that means when an iOS user sends an unassuming yellow heart, it shows up as the pink, hairy beast straight out of a smartphone’s fever dream.
The grotesque, scrotum-heart concoction was only available for a few months as it was — praise the emoji gods — eradicated in the Android 4.4.1 release. And the world has been a better place ever since.
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