Love ’em or hate ’em, emoji are here to stay. The humble origins of the emoji date back to the ’90s and the first Japanese mobile phones. The word itself is a combination of two Japanese words: e (絵 meaning ‘picture’) and moji (文字 meaning ‘character’). However, emoji have come a long way since then, and nowadays they are almost an art form. And not only that; their popularity is ever rising, what with entire movies being made featuring the little ideograms as characters.
But not all is rainbows and unicorns in the world of the smileys. The emoji are now the center of a great scandal! In what is undoubtedly going to be known as Hamburgergate, Google has made a horrible faux-pas when it comes to layering a hamburger. Well, a cartoon hamburger, but that is not an excuse!
Keen-eyed Twitter user and author Thomas Baekdal (@baekdal) was quick to spot the unforgivable flaw in Google’s hamburger emoji: the cheese is placed under the patty! Everyone knows that you put the cheese on the fresh-from-the-grill patty so it starts melting nicely. It’s not rocket science, it’s common sense! Who in their right mind places the cheese first, and then adds the patty? No-one in the entire world! Except for Google, apparently.
All the other companies know how to properly prepare a hamburger as you can clearly see in the following examples.
Source: Twitter | @baekdal
Not only does Microsoft know that the cheese goes on top, but they even went as far as making it look deliciously melted.
Samsung’s choice of placing the cheese on top of the lettuce may be somewhat questionable, but since it’s still on top of the patty, we’ll let this one slide.
LG kept it simple but still nailed it: patty first, cheese second.
HTC went in a completely opposite direction. They decided that more is more and went with the double meat patty. But still, as you can see, the cheese is on top, which earns this emoji the seal of approval.
If you think that Hamburgergate is outrageous, just you wait. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
Google may need to consider hiring a new emoji designer, as this one has made awful mistakes on at least two occasions. Just look at that pint of beer. Apple gets it: they’ve actually seen beer in real life and they know that the glass has to be full before the foam can start to overflow. Thanks to our second observant friend, Twitter user Thomas “Kick Nazis out, @Jack” Fuchs (@thomasfuchs) for noticing this absurdity.
Source: Twitter | @thomasfuchs
Leading from the front
This crucial matter has thankfully been taken seriously by the Google execs, starting from the very top. Google Inc. CEO Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) has swiftly responded to the crisis. On October 28, he promised that the hamburger emoji will be the first thing on the company’s Monday agenda. Well done, Mr. Pichai. A great leader must always have their priorities straight.
Source: Twitter | @sundarpichai
Leading a battle against a frenzied online mob is a guaranteed recipe for failure, and he knows it! Which is why in the latest update, with the release of Android 8.1 at the end of last month, both the hamburger and the beer emoji have been fixed! Another day, another victory for the Internet!