The Unicode Consortium went official with 157 new emoji in its Unicode 11.0 standard last month. Within the new set are things like bagels, cupcakes, salt, test tubes and a whole bunch of other little goodies.
Most of the early bunch will include trait modifiers for personas such as ginger hair, curly hair and baldness. It will also feature a couple of new faces and personas like a woozy face or a superhero. The remaining emoji will presumably come in updates later this year include ones for a parrot, lobster, peacock, mango, moon cake and others.
It should be appreciated that it’s World Emoji Day today, which may or may not have a meaning to you in and of itself, but it’s a fact that emoji have complexified the way we communicate with each other and that it takes time, effort and discernment to draw emoji that fit a certain design standard such as Apple’s.
Presumably, Google is also working on updating its emoji set in time for Android P. In a post on its The Keyword blog, the company interviewed its head of emoji design, Jennifer Daniel, who announced that Android’s (in)famous blob emoji will be making a return in a form of a sticker pack in the near future.