This year, millions of smartphone users are about to get 230 new emojis to express their feelings and thoughts better. The Unicode Consortium released its annual list of new emoji set to arrive on your phone in the near future.
All these come as a part of Emoji 12.0. The annual list shows 59 new base emoji, which climbs to 230 total emoji if you include all gender and skin color variations. The arrival of new emoji is always well received by those who like to communicate in positional form, and there are some pretty cool looking ones arriving this year.
Additions include previously drafted candidates such as a Flamingo, Otter, Orangutan, Hindu Temple, Sari, Sloth, and Mate, as well as a Waffle, Juice Box, and Onions. It is also worth noting that accessibility will be a major facet of this year’s new emoji with wheelchairs, guide dogs, and deaf people added to the Emoji 12.0 list.
Phil Talbot, from the disability charity Scope, said:
“Social media is hugely influential, and it’s great to see these new disability-inclusive emojis. Up to now, disability has been greatly underrepresented.”
Circles and squares also gain new colors in this release and a much requested white heart emoji is now available for the first time. However, there’s one new emoji, in particular, that has caught people’s attention. A “pinching hand” emoji is also being released, which many people have suggested could be used in a bit of a cheeky manner.
Unicode’s announcement indicates that all the documentation required for vendors implement the Emoji 12.0 set is now complete. However, the emoji won’t appear on your phone until the fall, which is when Apple and Google typically release their software updates.
Links to relevant data files, technical documentation, and updated charts are all linked within Unicode’s post and will be used by developers to add emoji support to operating systems, apps, and web platforms throughout 2019.
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