Emojis and evolution

Speaking on Emoji Wrap in 2016, Google product manager Agustin Fonts was cautious about changing the Android gun emoji to match Apple’s new fluorescent green design, noting that they “want to be as compatible with other systems as possible”.

Google Updates Gun Emoji (cache)

Besides the cultural bias (cache) inherent to the interpretation of emojis themselves, be aware that the choices to represent these characters one way or the many others are left to operating systems companies and may completely change the conveyed message across time and platforms.

Explicitness and perenialty are a constant challenge.