Unicode Consortium – the nonprofit organization that approves and standardizes emojis – announced on Tuesday, September 15, the launch of Unicode 14.0 which brings a bunch of new characters and emojis. The Unicode Consortium has released a list of 37 new emoji characters that will be available on Android, iPhone, and other devices later this year. A saluting face, a troll, heart hands, a low battery indicator, and a hand with crossed index and thumb are the latest quick additions to share in the emoji pack. Including all new variations and skin tones, there will be 112 new designs.
According to a blog post on the Unicode website, version 14.0 adds 838 characters, for a total of 144,697 characters. These additions include five new scripts, for a total of 159 scripts, as well as 37 new emoji characters. Biting lip, face with open eyes and hand over mouth, face with peeking eye, face with diagonal mouth, melting face, and even a tear-holding face are among the new additions.
Some notable emojis coming in 2021 include a pregnant man and a pregnant person, a person with a crown, and different hand positions. There is also a heart hand emoji. In addition, there are emoticons, including coral, beans, poured liquid, pot, lotus, empty nest, and nest with eggs. The full list of 37 new emojis can be found on the Unicode 14 emoji board.
The characters are decided based on the proposals received by the Unicode Consortium, he says. It will be reviewed by the Unicode Emoji subcommittee and selected based on the Emoji selection factors when submitting Emoji proposals.
Unicode version 14.0 was delayed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization postponed the release of the entire Unicode 14.0 standard itself last year. Instead of debuting in March 2021, Unicode 14.0 emojis debuted in September 2021.
There is no exact word on when these emojis will appear on Android and iOS devices. Once new emoji are released by the Unicode Consortium, tech companies like Google, Apple, Twitter, and others release their own versions of these emoji and add support on their respective platforms. This process can take several months.