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Declaring dependencies

To add a dependency on Emoji2, you must add the Google Maven repository to your project. Read Google's Maven repository for more information.

Add the dependencies for the artifacts you need in the build.gradle file for your app or module:


dependencies {
    def emoji2_version = "1.1.0-beta01"

    implementation "androidx.emoji2:emoji2:$emoji2_version"
    implementation "androidx.emoji2:emoji2-views:$emoji2_version"
    implementation "androidx.emoji2:emoji2-views-helper:$emoji2_version"


dependencies {
    val emoji2_version = "1.1.0-beta01"


For more information about dependencies, see Add Build Dependencies.


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Version 1.1.0-beta01

January 26, 2022

androidx.emoji2:emoji2-*:1.1.0-beta01 is released. Version 1.1.0-beta01 contains these commits.

Bug Fixes

  • androidx-emoji2 beta01 release. No changes from alpha01 (Ic61d9)

Version 1.1.0-alpha01

December 15, 2021

androidx.emoji2:emoji2-*:1.1.0-alpha01 is released. Version 1.1.0-alpha01 contains these commits.

New Features

  • emoji2-bundled contains emoji 14 font
  • New getEmojiMatch API returns accurate information for keyboards to decide how an emoji will display in the presence of an emojicompat font that's behind the system font
  • Bugfix for NumberKeyListener that makes digit input correctly filter characters

API Changes

  • Add new API getEmojiMatch to allow keyboards to more accurately lookup emoji match behavior in emojicompat.
  • Deprecate hasEmojiGlyph, as its boolean return value is inaccurate when testing against a font that is older than the platfrom emoji font. Replace with getEmojiMatch. (Ie693d)

Bug Fixes

  • Emoji2 will not wrap instances of NumberKeyListener, allowing the the locale to be configured by TextView.
  • Appcompat will not wrap instances of NumberKeyListener passed to setKeyListener, allowing TextView to correctly configure the locale on NumberKeyListeners. (Ibf113, b/207119921)


Version 1.0.1

December 15, 2021

androidx.emoji2:emoji2-*:1.0.1 is released. Version 1.0.1 contains these commits.

Bug Fixes

  • Emoji2 will not wrap instances of NumberKeyListener, allowing the locale to be configured by TextView.
  • Appcompat will not wrap instances of NumberKeyListener passed to setKeyListener, allowing TextView to correctly configure the locale on NumberKeyListeners. (Ibf113, b/207119921)

Version 1.0.0

November 17, 2021

androidx.emoji2:emoji2-*:1.0.0 is released. Version 1.0.0 contains these commits.

Major features of 1.0.0

androidx.emoji2 replaces androidx.emoji with additional capabilities:

  • APK size reduction vs androidx.emoji
  • Automatic configuration
  • Added as a dependency to appcompat 1.4

For more information about androidx.emoji2 see Supporting Modern Emoji and our Android Dev Summit talk Displaying ALL the emojis in your app Android Dev.

Version 1.0.0-rc01

October 27, 2021

androidx.emoji2:emoji2-*:1.0.0-rc01 is released. Version 1.0.0-rc01 contains these commits.

  • No changes since beta02.

Emoji2 Version 1.0.0-beta01

September 15, 2021

androidx.emoji2:emoji2-*:1.0.0-beta01 is released. Version 1.0.0-beta01 contains these commits.

API Changes

  • Added setLoadingExecutor to FontRequestEmojiCompatConfig, which replaces the previous API of setHandler. This API allows apps to configure FontRequestEmojiCompatConfig to use any background executor.

    This change is a breaking change from androidx.emoji:emoji, so setHandler is retained as a no-op Deprecated API to aid in migration. (I6cd48)

  • EmojiCompat correctly sets EditorInfo.extras on Android 11

    • Custom widgets that use IME not subclassing EditText may call EmojiCompat.updateEditorInfo to inform IME that they support EmojiCompat processing. (I1ea9b)

Bug Fixes

  • Fix DefaultEmojiCompatConfig to correctly lookup emoji font provider on API 19 and 28. This fixes a bug introduced in emoji2 1.0.0-alpha01. (Ib33d8, b/197906329)

Version 1.0.0-alpha03

June 30, 2021

androidx.emoji2:emoji2-*:1.0.0-alpha03 is released. Version 1.0.0-alpha03 contains these commits.

New Features

This release is a bugfix and stabilization release.

  1. EmojiEditTextHelper now allows null to be passed as a KeyListener. This allows the platform behavior of allowing nulls to be applied to emoji supporting EditText implementations.
  2. When using EmojiCompatInitializer initial startup delay is improved to trigger after the first Activity resumes. This allows app startup to happen uncontended, and avoids loading the font for app starts that never show a UI. After a short delay, EmojiCompat will create a thread to load the emoji font.
  • A new dependency on androidx.lifecycle:lifecycle-process from androidx.emoji2:emoji2 is added to implement the delay. This will have negligible APK size impact for apps that already include lifecycle (such as apps with appcompat).

API Changes

  • Allow null KeyListener in AppCompatEditText. This reverses the non-null annotation that was added to AppCompatEditText in 1.4.0-alpha01 and restores the previous behavior when passed null. (I21482, b/189559345)

Bug Fixes

  • Change EmojiCompatInitializer to delay font loading until 500ms after the first Activity.onResume. This allows an activity to perform Application.onCreate and Activity.onCreate uncontended, while still ensuring that the emoji font is loaded shortly after app startup. (I4bff7)

Version 1.0.0-alpha02

June 2, 2021

androidx.emoji2:emoji2:1.0.0-alpha02, androidx.emoji2:emoji2-views:1.0.0-alpha02, and androidx.emoji2:emoji2-views-helper:1.0.0-alpha02 are released. Version 1.0.0-alpha02 contains these commits.

API Changes

  • Renamed package in emoji2-views-helper to androidx.emoji2.viewsintegration. This is a breaking change for AppCompat 1.4.0-alpha01, and apps must ensure AppCompat dependency is updated to use the new emoji2 version. (Ie8397)

Version 1.0.0-alpha01

May 18, 2021

androidx.emoji2:emoji2:1.0.0-alpha01, androidx.emoji2:emoji2-views:1.0.0-alpha01, and androidx.emoji2:emoji2-views-helper:1.0.0-alpha01 are released. Version 1.0.0-alpha01 contains these commits.

Features in this initial release

Integrating emojicompat is recommended for all apps to support modern emoji from API19. All user generated content in your app contains 🎉.

EmojiCompat has moved from the androidx.emoji artifacts to the new androidx.emoji2, now in alpha01. The new artifacts replace the previous version.

emoji2 is added as a dependency to AppCompat starting in AppCompat 1.4.0-alpha01 and is enabled by default for AppCompat views.

The emoji2 artifact introduces a new automatic configuration using the androidx.startup library. You no longer need to write any 👨🏽‍💻 code to display 🐻‍❄️.

Changes in emoji2 from emoji

  • Added new automatic configuration EmojiCompatInitializer using androidx.startup.
  • Added new default configuration that uses service location to find a downloadable fonts provider in DefaultEmojiCompatConfiguration.
  • Classes moved from androidx.emoji package to androidx.emoji2.
  • Split EmojiTextView and related views to a separate artifact emoji2-views. This should only be used if your app doesn't use appcompat.
  • Extracted helpers for integrating emojicompat into custom views into a separate artifact emoji2-views-helper.
  • Added nullability annotations.
  • Helpers in emoji2-views-helper may now be used even when EmojiCompat is not initialized (previously they threw an exception).

What dependency should you add?

  • Apps with AppCompat should upgrade to appcompat version AppCompat 1.4.0-alpha01 or higher.
  • Apps without AppCompat using TextView/EditText from platform should use EmojiTextView and related classes from emoji2-views.

How to support in custom views

  • Apps with AppCompat should extend AppCompatTextView, AppCompatButton, etc. instead of platform TextView, etc.
  • Apps without AppCompat should add androidx.emoji2:emoji2-views-helper dependency and use helpers to integrate with custom TextView or EditText subclasses.

Configuring automatic initialization

  • Apps can disable the automatic initialization by adding this to the manifest:

         <meta-data android:name="androidx.emoji2.text.EmojiCompatInitializer"
                   tools:node="remove" />
  • This disables automatic configuration, and you can then pass a custom configuration to EmojiCompat.init. The default configuration for the system may be retrieved DefaultEmojiCompatConfig.create(context) for further configuration before passing to EmojiCompat.init.