New Emoji List for 2018 Includes Cupcake, Redheads, Teddy Bear, and More

You could soon be able to change the direction of your emojis

Emoji with glyphs that face to the right or left may face either direction, according to vendor preference. It's not like we can just flip the emojis the right way in our brains!

What do you think of these new emoji?

Unicode - the official authority behind Emoji - has revealed its beta for Emoji 11 that manufacturers will be basing their updates on.

The Beta list, which is now available for developers to check, contains 130 Draft Candidates which includes a number of new emoji including Cupcake, Superhero (both male and female), Super Villian!, Kangaroo (Aussie, Aussie, Aussie), toilet paper and pirate flag amongst a load of others. It's important to note the list of candidates is not a final list and is subject to change before approval. According to the website, the final decision will be made next month, which will be announced in March, and the whole set of new emoji will be officially released sometime during the first half of next year. "However, that can cause a definite change in meaning when exchanging text across platforms". The list includes Grinning Face With Letters OK as Eyes, Frowning Pile of Poo and Frowning face with the question mark as eyes. A new section now outlines a ZWJ mechanism which will let the vendor switch directions of any emoji.

The Unicode Consortium is the body which standardises and maintains how characters such as emoji appear across differing platforms, such as on Apple's iOS and Google's Android software.

Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Apple and other companies would be able to pick and choose which emoji will be customizable. That being said we still need to wait until January when the final list will be announced. A year's time should be more than enough to get things up and running, however, and the rest of us can expect a big expansion in our iOS 12 emojis as soon as Apple rolls out the new update.



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