What came first — the burger or the cheese? This is the hard-hitting question trending on the internet right now.
The debate started when author Thomas Baekdal took to Twitter to compare the burger emojis offered on Apple and Google’s smartphones. Shockingly enough, the emojis found on each tech giant’s platform feature one small but crucial difference: the placement of the cheese.
As seen below, Apple’s emoji has the cheese on top of the burger, while the cheese is located beneath the patty in Google’s emoji.
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
Upon hearing his customers’ cheesy complaints, Google CEO Sundar Pichai took to Twitter to reassure everyone that the company’s doing everything it can to set the matter straight.
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
However, as of 3pm ET on Monday, Pichai has not yet spoken up about this critical issue, suggesting that Google did not, in fact, drop everything it was doing to address the situation.
With Google remaining mum on the debacle, Twitter users have started to cook up their own answers regarding #burgeremoji.
According to American food magazine Bon Appetit, the cheese definitely goes on top, as there is only one “correct” way to put a burger together.
This is the correct order:
Top bun (with secret sauce)
Bottom bun https://t.co/H6MUmgU9Sg
— Bon Appétit (@bonappetit) October 30, 2017
Others think that Google was clever to place the cheese beneath the meat.
weighing in on the burger emoji crisis: the cheese goes below the meat to avoid soggy bottom bun/get some cheese taste first. kudos Google.
— charlie (@theuptownfive) October 30, 2017
Some Twitter users argued that neither Google nor Apple have gotten the burger emoji right, instead suggesting that only Microsoft truly understands what to do with the cheese.
The burger emoji battle is fun, but let's take a moment to point out that Microsoft is the only one that gets it completely right pic.twitter.com/csKiLwL3OK
— Rich Woods (@TheRichWoods) October 29, 2017
That said, author Ben Thompson says that while Microsoft may have nailed where the cheese goes on the burger, the emoji as a whole still could use some work.
Microsoft getting the burger technically right but looking terrible is perfect.
(Also, Samsung, wtf) pic.twitter.com/StZDMbs7wz
— Ben Thompson (@benthompson) October 29, 2017
Another Twitter user, meanwhile, pointed out that Huawei has only made the issue even more complicated, featuring burger emojis that don’t have any cheese at all.
Huawei puts (apparently) two lettuce leafs and no cheese. That's what I see. So I guess Huawei is your burger Thomas! ???? pic.twitter.com/PWBi3CTG6Y
— Uncle Blob ????????️ (@iglesiasp_) October 29, 2017
Others have taken to examining emojis on all platforms, instead opting to consider which actually of the burgers actually looks good enough to eat.
The burger emoji debate is an important one. All I’m saying is, I’m never taking my date to an HTC restaurant… pic.twitter.com/Ylg3nKCUAO
— David Videcette (@DavidVidecette) October 30, 2017
Fast food giants have thrown their hats into the ring as well.
— McDonald's India (@mcdonaldsindia) October 30, 2017
MobileSyrup readers, where do you sit on the issue? Who has the best burger emoji? Weigh in on the matter in our poll below, and tell us what your ideal burger looks like in the poll below? Let us know in the comments.