• 250 New Emoji Characters Announced by the Unicode Consortium



    The Unicode Consortium recently announced the latest Unicode Standard version 7.0 includes 2,834 new characters and more importantly to avid texters, more than 250 pictographs, otherwise known as emojis. The new characters include new currency symbols, 23 historic scripts and the widely-used emoji character lineup among other assets. The Unicode Standard allows for cohesive implementation of text characters across various software, including platforms like iOS and Google’s Android.

    Describing the emoji additions, the consortium said most of the new characters are based on those that are long-standing and have seen widespread use in Wingdings and Webdings fonts. A few examples were published including a hot chili pepper, Vulcan salute from Star Trek and a thermometer. A more comprehensive list can be found at Emojipedia, which points to interesting new characters like “Reversed Hand with Middle Finger Extended,” “Building Construction” and “Man in Business Suit Levitating.”

    What was noticeably absent from the list are additions to “people emoji,” which recently became a topic of discussion as the current set lacks ethnic diversity. The most widely represented race is Caucasian, while “minorities” are grossly underrepresented. In March, Apple said it was planning to introduce a more diverse selection of characters in a future iOS release, but failed to pin down an exact date or time range for the upcoming additions. As far as ethnicities are concerned, the latest iOS 8 beta release carries over the same emoji icons from iOS 7.

    The Cupertino California company most recently updated its people character lineup in iOS 6 when the company introduced same-sex couples and families to the mobile operating system’s offerings. It’s unknown when the Unicode Standard update will be rolled in to iOS as it is up to platform makers when to include the new assets.

    Source: Emojipedia, Unicode (blog)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 250 New Emoji Characters Announced by the Unicode Consortium started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Akshay Masand View Post
      A more comprehensive list can be found at Emojipedia, which points to interesting new characters like “Reversed Hand with Middle Finger Extended”… and “Man in Business Suit Levitating.”
      Haha nice
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Yay, more annoying emojis for people to copy and paste onto webpages and forum posts!
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      "The most widely represented race is Caucasian, while “minorities” are grossly underrepresented"

      What? My emojis are yellow-colored (or red or purple). This is ok with me, as I'm married to a Korean, but I'd think it was the White folks who'd be mad about lack of diversity... of themselves (for a change).

      See?
    1. Answer1o1's Avatar
      Answer1o1 -
      It's a yellow face. That's as neutral as it gets. Does it need pubs on its head or squinted eyes? Then people will argue about emojis being racist and stereotypical. You can never win with people these days
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      What! No rage face!
    1. Freund117's Avatar
      Freund117 -
      when/how can we use these?!
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