An update to Unicode means a lot of things, including the addition of dozens of new emoji that smartphone manufacturers can roll out for their devices.
That is the case with the finalization of Unicode 11.0, which, as noted today by Emojipedia, includes 157 new emoji in total. To be specific, there are 77 distinctly new emoji that Apple will be able to adopt in iOS later this year, with the remaining total adding up to 157 being existing emoji with different shades of color.
Some of the new additions include a softball, a pirate flag, “flats”, a lobster, a woman superhero, mosquito, a “hot face”, and a “woozy face”. According to the official Unicode announcement today, the new Emoji 11.0 set is final, and vendors can begin including them for launch later this year:
“The new Emoji 11.0 set is fixed and final, and includes the data needed for vendors to begin working on their emoji fonts and code ahead of the release of Unicode 11.0, scheduled for June 2018. The new emoji typically start showing up on mobile phones in August or September.”
Emojipedia has put together a quick video showcasing all of the new emoji coming with Unicode 11.0, which you can watch just below.
Emoji are immensely popular, and these new additions are usually well-received by smartphone users. It’s still funny to this writer that some of the items being added have taken so long to be brought into the fold. A woman superhero should have been there for ages now, and let’s not even talk about why a lobster is just now getting added. Still, better late than never.