Just two days before World Emoji Day on July 17, Emojipedia has Participate in the character draft list The Unicode Consortium will consider final inclusion in Unicode 14.0. The list includes two charming candidates such as a melting smiley face, a disco ball, a bean and a pointer finger with different skin tones. Not every emoji you see below will result in the cut. However, once the Unicode Consortium makes a decision on the final list of candidates in September, the rest will make their way to your devices starting in late 2021 and throughout 2022.
As with approx , the draft list includes characters that have been designed with diversity and inclusion in mind. In particular, you will notice that there are several new versions of the handshake emoji. This is a big problem. , was one of the few characters you can’t edit with a skin tone, but after about two years of work this is almost certainly changing with Unicode 14.0.
What is also notable in the above list is that the Unicode Consortium has been working on it for longer than usual. In 2020, the organization postponed the release of Unicode 14.0 . “This year we simply can’t stick to the same schedule we’ve had in the past,” she said at the time, noting that the pandemic has overwhelmed the volunteers he relies on for his work around emojis.
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