Unicode has, at last, officially launched the finalized emoji set for this year. The Emoji 12.0 lineup comes with 230 additional emojis. If different platforms opt for implementing the newly added emojis, in most likelihood most of the major platforms will, then users can look forward to seeing a number of the new emojis on their keyboard before this year ends. Well, texting is going to become much more exhilarating!
Unicode announced via their official blog post that everything needed to implement the latest emoji set has been rolled out. In this year’s set, you will see 59 new emojis and over 150 versions for gender and skin shades. To sum it up, 230 emojis shall be coming to the emoji keyboards pretty soon.
The emoji set comes with a number of praiseworthy emoji. Also, a year ago, tech-giant Apple recommended a set of emoji to represent disabled people, and well the suggested emoji are now accepted as a segment of the new Emoji set. Another notable inclusion is the availability of the combination of the variable skin tones that were launched in 2015, which a user can choose as per their preference. Furthermore, many hair colors are also available in this upgrade. However, what really steals the spotlight is the gender-neutral emojis that also has multi-tone support.
This all-inclusive set includes wheelchairs, white cane, guide dogs, and visually and hearing-impaired individuals, which marks a positive movement towards inclusivity of disabled persons. Users can even see the prosthetic arms and legs. Indian users would be delighted to know that major India-centric emojis would also be introduced in this update. This includes the iconic Indian attire – Sari, or depiction of the great festival of Diwali – Diya. Even small tokens of India like the much-loved black and yellow auto-rickshaws make an appearance.
The food section of emojis will also witness an expansion as waffle, onion, falafel, butter, ice cube, and garlic will make an appearance.
Finally, even though the designs have been confirmed, the appearance of these emojis will vary from platform to platform. Additionally, the implantation of these emojis has to be done from the user’s end to make them accessible. These emojis are expected to be featured in iOS 13.1 or iOS 13.2 to be released later.
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