We send messages, express feelings, ask questions and give advice through a myriad of signs and symbols. And if you truly believe there are still not enough such symbols to replace in image everything you want to say in words, the good news is that the Unicode Consortium announced a batch of over 250 new Emoji coming up soon:
Version 7.0 of the Unicode Standard is now available, adding 2,834 new characters. This latest version adds the new currency symbols for the Russian ruble and Azerbaijani manat, approximately 250 emoji (pictographic symbols), many other symbols, and 23 new lesser-used and historic scripts, as well as character additions to many existing scripts. These additions extend support for written languages of North America, China, India, other Asian countries, and Africa.
If you take a look over the list of the additions, you will see that the Unicode Consortium doesn’t kid when they say they want to please everybody. You will be able to add new Emoji to your collection and use the old icons – which seem to receive upgrades.
If you paid attention to the whole Emoji business earlier this March, you knew that the Unicode Consortium was petitioned to add more human figures to the collection and to support diversity. In other words, the petitioners asked for
at least four faces with some melanin: a man, a woman, a boy, and a girl.
By faces with some melanin, the petitioners, who managed to collect about 4,000 signatures back in the day, were actually asking that the African – American figures to be more and better represented in the huge collection. Even Apple’s front-man Tim Cook took an interest in the problem and openly stated his support for promoting diversity via the Emoji.
With these new Emoji coming up soon, the question everybody asked was whether the diversity issue was fixed or not. The answer?
though the new Unicode release does indicate that there will at least be support for several black hands, with various fingers raised, it does not appear that there are black faces among the set.
Oh well, we will just have to wait and see the next Emoji update. In the meanwhile, you can enjoy the new Emoji batch at its full potential starting this July. However, it is the smartphone manufacturers who will eventually decide what Emoji you will e able to use. If the one with the middle finger is not on their liking, you might not be able to access and use it.