Gboard Makes Emoji From Selfies

Gboard Makes Emoji From Selfies
Google's 'Mini' stickers are emoji representations of users with a range of different expressions.

(CCM) — Google's Gboard keyboard can now conjure up personalized emoji from selfies using a combination of machine learning, neural network technology, and artist illustrations.

The process takes information from selfies such as skin tone, hair color, eye color, face shape, and facial hair to generate an emoji representation of the person in the selfie, according to an Engadget report. It then uses this to build a pack of "Mini" stickers which the user can apply wherever they wish. Generating a sticker pack takes less than 30 seconds.

The stickers come in over 100 different varieties — more than were built in to the Allo "Mini" feature. They come in two "modes": Bold and Sweet, with enough variation for users to express almost anything without having to resort to typing words.

The "Mini" stickers feature was originally designed for Google's Allo chat app, but now that it has been discontinued the feature has been moved to Gboard. It is available now on both the iOS and Android versions of Gboard.

Gboard was first released in May 2016, and in August 2018 it was installed on Android for the one billionth time, making it one of the most popular Android apps ever developed.

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