What do a lime, a mushroom, a phoenix, nodding heads and a broken chain have in common? They are among the newest emojis approved by Unicode, the global messaging standard. Last week’s announcement finalizes the list of new approved emojis.
There will be 118 new emoji released in update 15.1. Most of the new emoji will be different variations of existing emoji, either in different skin tones or in different directions.
The new emoji also include extensions of existing emoji that are now facing different directions, including: people walking, people running, people kneeling, people in wheelchairs, and people using white canes. The new emojis also include four new gender-neutral family units.
However, you won’t be able to find these new emojis on your keyboard yet. Although Unicode version 15.1.0 was approved on September 12 (you can read it in full here), there will be a lag between approval and release. Emojipedia estimates that the new emojis could be available by the end of this year or early 2024.
It’s also likely that the appearance of each emoji will be slightly different depending on whether you have an Apple or Google smartphone.
The latest new emoji release included the long-awaited pink heart, a turquoise heart, a jellyfish, a moose, another shaking head emoji and more.
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