Ah, the blob emojis. The "blob"-shaped style of emojis has been a staple of the Android legacy – they take me back to the days where I'd talk to my friends via Hangouts on MUCH earlier versions of Android. Back when Google's emojis knew how hamburgers work. It was a simpler time, before any Pixels or machine learning Google Assistant came along and shook everything up. And it seems that Google has acknowledged that, and feels that the blob emoji have no place on modern versions of Android. That's why, sadly, Google canned the blob emoji in Android 8.0 Oreo; favoring to replace it with a more consistent and circular style of emoji.
Many people were happy to hear about this. I would go as far as to say that some expressed delight at this news. Needless to say that I was not one of them. Call me regressive but those cute little blobs symbolized everything that was great about Android to me; they were quirky, different and proud of what they were. I love the blob emoji, and I still do. But it seems Google doesn't.
"But wait!", I hear you cry. "Is this the end of the blobs? Can I never get my beloved blobs on my new Pixel 2, or on my Nexus 6P on Android Oreo?"
Well, that is where you are wrong, for us blob-lovers are strong in number. And the Android philosophy goes where there's a will, there's a way. Today, we're going to show you the way to get the beloved blob emoji back on your Pixel or Nexus device, using a bit of Magisk.
Step 1: Ensure your device is rooted.
This step is essential, as this tweak uses a Magisk module. You can use the instructions outlined in our how-to-root guide to get Magisk, as rooting the Nexus and Pixel devices is not particularly difficult – for as we all know, Google releases the factory images and kernel sources of its devices in a timely manner, as well as allowing for bootloader unlocking. While there is no Magisk installation solution for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL yet, we'd expect to see one over the next few days as Google recently released the first set of factory images for the new flagships.
Once you're all set up with Magisk, we can move on to step 2.
Step 2: Download the module.
You can get the module from the XDA Forums. Do note that you'll need Magisk 14.0 or higher, or Magisk 14.2 or higher if you're using a Pixel device due to limitations we described a few weeks ago with its partitioning scheme.
Copy the ZIP file to your device, and you're ready to move on to step 3.
Step 3: Install the module
Installing the module is not a difficult task. Start by opening up the Magisk Manager app, and head to the modules section.
Press the yellow "add" button, navigate to the directory you copied the ZIP archive to, and select it. Press "Install" on the popup to get things going. When it's done, just tap "Reboot" to wrap things up.
And that's all there is to it! If you want Google's new emojis back, all you have to do is uninstall this module via the Magsik manager app (even though I'm not quite sure why you would ever want to do that). If you're like me, and feeling rather satisfied, let us know in the comments why you love the blob emoji!