We all love emoji, don’t we? Well, ok, maybe not all of us love them, but they sure come in handy. And there’s no stopping the Unicode Consortium, which keeps churning out more or them on a regular basis. Case in point: the organization proposed 51 brand new emoji for acceptance in Unicode 10.
There’s lots of new stuff to unpack from iOS 10, but one of the things that will make the tweens most excited is the release of new emoji.
Since I barely understand all the regular emoji to begin with, that’s bad new for me trying to understand people sending me messages. Luckily, Mashable has a complete guide to what all the new emoji mean and when to use them.
What were you planning on doing this evening? Having fun? Interacting with real human beings? Cancel all that, because here’s a wonderfully comprehensive video of Siri describing every single emoji in words.
The folks at Motor1 discovered that if you receive a message containing emoji while using Apple’s CarPlay, Siri describes each individual emoji. So of course, the only logical thing to do was send a text containing every emoji in the book, set a camera to record, and enjoy.
Emoji’s have not only changed the way we communicate with friends, but they’ve also made communication as a whole much more fun and engaging. One of the great things about the Unicode Consortium’s universe of approved emojis is that the library is always expanding and changing with the times, much like how Merriam-Webster will add new words to the dictionary every year.
Just today, the Unicode Consoritum gave its final stamp of approval for 72 brand new emoji characters. While many of the newly approved emojis are riffs on existing designs and include items like new hand symbols and facial expressions, there are quite a few interesting additions that are worth mentioning.
Typically when a new emoji proposal comes over the wire, it’s not worth diving too deep into because there are no guarantees that the Unicode Consortium will approve any or all of the new suggestions. In the case of a new proposal making waves on Wednesday morning, however, an exception should be made for two reasons:
First, the new emoji set aims to empower women by offering two sets of the same emoji, one male and one female. Second, they’ll almost certainly be approved by the consortium because one of the people behind the new proposal is Google’s Mark Davis, who just so happens to be the president of the Unicode Consortium. More →
You might be using emoji on your iPhone or Android device a lot these days, but it turns out you probably don’t really understand what you’re sending to someone else. A new study shows that certain emoji images will be misunderstood by both senders receivers, as there’s no unified set of images across operating systems. Because images look different depending on what mobile device you’re using, they may trigger a positive or negative response, which can lead to unintended interpretations, conclusions, and results. More →
If you thought the middle finger emoji was a welcome addition to your iPhone emoji game, then you should know that even more characters may be coming soon to your favorite chat app. As many as 74 new emoji are included in the updated Unicode 9 emoji set, which was recently accepted by the Unicode Consortium.
Emoji may have been popularized in the United States by iPhone users, but Android fans have wholeheartedly embraced the trend. People young and old use these expressive little graphics to communicate, because sometimes a dancing girl emoji is worth a thousand words. Well, if you’re an Android user, we have good news and bad news for you. The good news is that a whole bunch of new emoji are set to hit the Android platform beginning next week. The bad news is you won’t be able to use any of them. More →
Android fans really, really don’t like it when cool things come to iOS first. That was the case this week when iPhone users upgrading to iOS 9.1 got a massive new batch of emoji from Unicode 7.0 and 8.0. that includes the highly coveted middle finger emoji. Android users don’t yet have access to these new characters and the Android Reddit community is not happy about it. More →
24 hours ago, Apple pushed out iOS 9.1 as an over-the-air update for all iPhone and iPad owners. Although iOS 9.1 includes a new feature for Live Photos, several bug fixes and a security update that disables the Pangu jailbreak for iOS 9.0.2, there’s really only one reason everyone is updating: new emoji characters.
It’s late on a Friday, which means that it’s the perfect time to talk about a hugely important scoop that Business Insider uncovered about the origins of Microsoft’s poop emoji. In case you haven’t noticed, Microsoft’s brand of poop emoji doesn’t greet you with a happy smile, which sets it apart from other poop emojis out there. More →