Pregnant man and multiracial handshakes among new emojis unveiled
- A diverse set of emojis, including one of a pregnant man, could be included to future software upgrades
- The authorised emoji will be available across a variety of devices in the coming year
- Microsoft revealed earlier this week that it is revamping its 1,800 emojis
A diverse set of emojis, including one of a pregnant man, could be included to future software upgrades.
Emojimedia, a prominent emoji reference site, published fresh pictures of some of the emoji finalists on the radar of the Unicode Consortium, a non-profit that supervises emoji standards and is responsible for the new releases, ahead of World Emoji Day on Saturday.
While the consortium will formally certify which emojis will be available on which operating systems, applications, and devices in September, Emojipedia frequently combines them into one graphic for users to visualise. The authorised emoji will be available across a variety of devices in the coming year.
A gender-inclusive choice to the current emojis for princess and prince, the ability to pick among 15 different handshake skin tone pairings, and a pregnant man and pregnant person, recognising that pregnancy is possible among some transgender men and non-binary people, are among the Unicode 14.0 version finalist list.
In recent years, the consortium has expanded its criteria to include a lady with a beard, a transgender flag, and over 200 mixed-skin-tone choices for couples.
A melting expression, saluting face, a face holding back tears, a disco ball, and a low battery sign are among the other 14.0 emoji contenders. However, before final approval, the list is open to revision.
Although Emojipedia frequently offers ideas of how particular emojis could appear, the actual designs are determined by the platform or service and differ. As a result, an emoji might seem significantly different on iOS and Android devices.
Due to the pandemic, the Unicode Consortium stated in 2020 that version 14.0 will be postponed.
"Under the current circumstances, we've heard that our contributors have a lot on their plates at the moment and decided it was in the best interests of our volunteers and the organizations that depend on the standard to push out our release date," Mark Davis, president of the consortium, said in a statement at the time.
Microsoft revealed earlier this week that it is revamping its 1,800 emoji and replacing its old paper clip emoji with its helper Clippy. Meanwhile, according to an Adobe research released on Thursday, the "laugh out loud" emoji is the most popular in the globe, followed by the "thumbs up" and "red heart" emojis.