19 July 2019
Google and Apple have revealed they are coming with new emojis as part of the Unicode 12.0. The preview was made on the World Emoji Day 2019 and these new emojis will launch later this year on both the OS of respective companies. Several new emojis have been added to different categories, from food to animals, and activities to more smiley faces.
Apple highlights the Holding Hands emoji which will gain some new additions. Now, your emoji people can hold hands with whomever you want to pair them with, irrespective of the skin tone or gender, thus opening up more than 75 possible combinations.
Apple also mentions in its announcement that Unicode Consortium has approved its proposal that was made last year to bring more disability-themed emoji. There’s now a new guide dog, an ear with a hearing aid, new kind of wheelchair as well. The new set of emoji will also include a prosthetic arm, a prosthetic leg.
Also, there’s now a yawning face, and some additions to the clothing set as well, including sarees, one-piece swimsuit, swim shorts, and safety vests. Inside the food items, there will be some new emoji to depict your hunger or temptation. These are waffle, butter, garlic, and falafel among others.
Coming to the animals set of emoji, there’s now a sloth, even a flamingo, orangutan, and skunk.
Those using Google Pixel phones will get a chance to try out these upcoming emojis ahead of others if they sign up for the Android Beta program. Apple says the new emoji designs based on approved characters in Unicode 12.0 will release this fall via a free software update on iOS, watchOS, and macOS devices.