Unicode Consortium has revealed 130 new emojis in the form of ‘draft candidates’ for the year 2018. These new emojis are not the final ones that Android and iOS users will be getting in next OS versions though. These emojis will be voted for in the approaching months and the final candidates (emojis) included in the Unicode 11.0.
The Unicode blog post says that it will announce the final emoji list by March next year and the ‘market availability’ will be in (or after) the second half of 2018. It is worth adding here that Apple generally holds its WWDC conference in June or July every year. In the event, it introduces the new version of iOS and these new emojis could come as a part of it. Google too starts rolling out the Android OS version by September or October.
With Unicode Emoji 11.0 there is a number of flexibility for developers/smartphone vendors, including guidelines for display, handling gender, handling, and skin tone.
The guidelines also give developers the option to reverse the direction of the emojis i.e. a face can be rotated to the left or right. Now that is awesome because now you will be able to choose the direction of your next run or the course of your train’s engine. But all this will be possible if the vendor chooses to include it in their user interfaces.
The new emojis come in an assortment and variations of styles ranging from the classic yellow smiley to the animals, food, hairstyles, and random objects.
The Unicode Emoji 11.0 beta (or draft) includes some new characters as well such as a skateboard, mango, and pirate flag.
Like we said above, the list is not final and the changes can include addition and or removal of emojis. The iPhone and iPad devices will likely be amongst the first devices to get them. This is because Apple’s iOS comes out before the Android OS and has a massive adoption rate as compared to Google’s Android.