How bad is this situation... Android emoji cannot be seen on Twitter?
It's so bad, in fact, that Twitter is updating its Android app with custom emoji because most Android phones are never on the same (or latest) software release, so users often are not seeing the same icons.
The problem gets even worse when iOS users post tweets with emoji that Android users do not have (resulting in boxes seen in the image above). It is actually heartbreaking, and even more embarrassing that Twitter had to step in and address the issue.
Regardless of what emoji your phone comes with, from Android KitKat, Nougat, or even Lollipop, Twitter will override and provide you with its own set of 'Twemoji' starting today. Moving forward, no matter what the software situation is on your Android phone, you will be able to see the same emoji within the Twitter app.
Actually, you might have seen these emoji before and you’d be correct – the new Android 'Twemoji' is the same used on the desktop version of Twitter. At least that experience won’t be as fragmented.