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Google Phone intros audio emoji to some users

There are currently six audio emojis available.
Google Phone Audio Emoji. Photo from 9to5Google

Audio Emojis anyone?

According to 9to5Google, the Google Phone app has started rolling out "Audio Emoji" to some of its users.

Express emotions and moods with sounds like applause, laughter, sad trombone, and more with tappable emoji while you're in a call, Google said.

These emojis are stock sound effects attached to different emojis. There are currently six available, namely clapping, laughing, party, crying, poop, and sting.

When you select one as a caller, the app will play an animation while a sound effect plays for a couple of seconds. The sound effects will be heard on both ends of the call.

There does seem to be a limit on how often you can use these audio emojis, as there's a bit of a "cooldown" in between that prevents you from playing sounds back to back.

To access audio emojis, 9to5Google said there is a button for it in the overflow menu, but there is also a chip that appears in the main calling interface. Users can also opt to disable the feature entirely.

Audio Emoji is rolling out via the latest Google Phone update in the beta channel, version 128. It will likely launch for all users in the weeks to come.

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