New Emoji List for 2019 Announced

10 February, 2019, 15:27 | Author: Leah Owens
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That includes 59 distinct new emojis and 171 gender and skin tone variants.

Last February 5, the Unicode Consortium, the organization that regulates and releases emojis for the world to use, revealed that it had approved 230 new icons, a few more than 157 icons they approved a year ago.

The announcement of these follow Apple's proposal to the Unicode Consortium a year ago; the tech giant proposed a suite of "accessibility emojis", which the non-profit organisation realised in collaboration with Emojipedia, a website that documents the meaning and common usage of these ideograms.

In addtition, the new emoji including a gender inclusive couple and will offer a mix of skin tones for people holding hands.

Naturally, there are also a few new cute animals (flamingo, otter etc.) and delicious foods, including not only falafel, but also waffle and oyster emoji.

The new period emoji and the other 58 additions will be released in the second half of 2019.

The updates will likely begin in April and continue through the end of the year, Emojipedia reports.

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But the list does include numerous symbols to expand on people who are represented by them, including many images related to disabilities.

The new characters include hearing aids, wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs, white "probing" canes and guide dogs.

Among the new images, users will have a collection of new person and human body part emojis including those of individuals with various disabilities; deaf and blind men and women are now available, as well as those pictured in mechanical and motorised wheelchairs.

"Social media is hugely influential and it's great to see these new disability-inclusive emojis", said Phil Talbot, from the disability charity Scope.

Plan International UK shared, "It is through your support that we can now celebrate that the Unicode Consortium have announced that we will get our first ever [period emoji] in March 2019".

Another new emoji, a drop of blood, follows a campaign by Plan International for an emoji depicting menstruation.

Not only will it help out in normalizing menstruation but it also is a pretty cool addition to your emoji keypad.

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