New Year, New Emojis: The Unicode consortium has finalized their list for all the new emojis coming to us this year. One thing is certain: We can look forward to 59 new emojis. Together with the special variations, such as different skin tones, there are a total of 230 new characters. Among them are a flamingo, a sloth, a waffle, several people holding hands – and a very special hand signal, which already has the internet community in exploding with glee.
The Unicode Consortium announced its sixth major update to the Global Emoji Keyboard on February 5th, introducing 230 new Emojis to the over 3,000 currently in use around the world. Many of the 230 emojis are variants on people holding hands, representing different gender and skin tone combinations. But if there’s an overall theme to the Emoji 12.0 list, it’s greater inclusion and representation.
All of Apple’s proposed accessibility emojis have been included in the 12.0 standard.
People with disabilities are far better represented in the new emojis, too. The consortium has agreed to include all nine of Apple’s proposed accessibility emojis, including people in wheelchairs, ears with hearing aids, deaf people, guide dogs, people with canes, and mechanical arms and legs.
Typically the most popular emojis still include the many different smiley faces and little hearts, but followed closely by emojis with a supposedly sexual allusion – such as the ever-popular eggplant. Among all the new emojis that come in 2019, one thing is getting a lot of attention on the web: a hand with a pinching thumb and index finger, which will soon be the answer to the eggplant or unsolicited dick pics.
According to “Emojipedia” Unicode will release the new emojis on March 5th. It will take a while until the collection is available on all devices and platforms. Companies like Apple, Facebook, WhatsApp or Android decide for themselves when to implement the symbols.