There are few things in the smartphone world more contentious than emoji design, with frequent wars waged by Android and iOS devotees over the “best” or “right” way to depict a small picture of a champagne glass — or a variety of other drinks and food products.
And it turns out, even the chief executives of influential tech giants aren’t exempt from being pulled into the melee, with a viral tweet from Sunday sparking a heated online discussion that forced Google chief executive Sundar Pichai to make some swift and drastic changes.
The tweet showed a simple comparison between Apple’s emoji for a cheeseburger, and Google’s.
I think we need to have a discussion about how Google's burger emoji is placing the cheese underneath the burger, while Apple puts it on top pic.twitter.com/PgXmCkY3Yc
— Thomas Baekdal (@baekdal) October 28, 2017
To the untrained eye, the transgression may not be obvious, but as tweeter Thomas Baekdal points out, the placement of the cheese in Google’s emoji is simply unacceptable for any burger connoisseur.
Putting the cheese directly below the hot burger patty and right above the volatile bun is a recipe for not just a soggy burger, but a culinary disaster. Also, the lettuce being at the top of the burger isn’t doing anyone any favours either.
Apple’s sensible lettuce-patty-cheese arrangement covers all bases, with the cheese melting onto the patty whilst the lettuce protects the bun below from oversaturation.
(The inclusion of tomato on both emojis is another matter altogether — one which has gotten alarmingly little coverage.)
Thankfully, Pichai recognised the fromage foible quickly, issuing a tweet saying the company will “drop everything else we are doing and address on Monday”, as long as everyone could agree on the correct cheese placement.
Will drop everything else we are doing and address on Monday:) if folks can agree on the correct way to do this! https://t.co/dXRuZnX1Ag
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) October 29, 2017
Pichai and Baekdal’s tweets have received thousands of responses from regular punters and even some Google employees, either defending of assaulting the company’s emoji. Some even dragged other companies such as Samsung and HTC into the fray as a point of comparison.
So proud to work at a company which has it’s priorities right.
— Neha Malhotra (@NehaMalhotra) October 29, 2017
sundar, im not gonna lie
this is not good cheese placement
— ಠ_ಠ (@MikeIsaac) October 29, 2017
As of yet, the hamburger emoji does not appear to have been changed, suggesting an internal power struggle between Googlers could be underway. However, the situation has also bought into question some of Google’s other emoji choices, including this questionable representation of a pint of beer.
Hmmmm, Google, this is not how beer works pic.twitter.com/rLsmThcLKM
— Thomas Fuchs (@thomasfuchs) October 29, 2017