The Unicode Consortium has recently announced the addition of more than 250 new emoji icons through The Unicode Standard, Version 7.0.
Wait, what? Unicode who?
You may not know it yet, but those cute and tiny little emoji icons that you often use while you chat with your friends online or while you update your Instagram and Facebook status went through a lot of process – those pictographs actually have to adhere to industry standard, and that’s where the Unicode comes in. Google and Apple can’t just create their own version of emoji without the standard.
Wikipedia defines Unicode as “a computing industry standard for the consistent encoding, representation and handling of text expressed in most of the world’s writing systems.” Meanwhile, emoji is defined as “the ideograms or smileys used in Japanese electronic messages and webpages, whose use is spreading outside Japan. Originally meaning pictograph, the word emoji literally means ‘picture’ (e) + ‘character’ (moji).”
Now that we got those two important words figured out, let’s now focus on what the new designs will look like.
According to Unicode’s website, approximately 250 new emoji have been added to the list, along with updates to existing icons.
The Atlantic has listed ten of the new emoji, including, the infamous middle finger (finally?!), the vulcan salute, the chipmunk, chili, satellite, rolled up newspaper, weather icon, a sword and a levitating business man on a suit. The rest of the upcoming emoji can be seen here.
But most of the new emoji are actually depictions of objects. The Verge ?notes that the new list still lacks emoji of different races – it is basically dominated by Caucasian characters. Even Apple CEO Tim Cook joined the call to add more ethnicity to the current lineup.
According to a?Yahoo?report, come July, as soon as the software becomes updated, you will be seeing the new emoji icons on your respective smartphones. But be warned! The tech blog reports that phone manufacturers may choose not to support some of the new emoji, so let’s hope that your favorites make it to the list.
Image Credit: The Unicode Consortium
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