Thursday, 2 June 2016

Here are the 72 new emoji officially headed to Android later this year

It was back in January we took a look at the 74 candidates for new emoji that could be included in the upcoming Unicode 9.0 release. Although we had a feeling most would be added, nothing was finalized… until now.

Every so often, the folks at the Unicode Technical Committee (UTC) meet and decide the fate of emoji that will eventually make it to our devices. It was back in January we took a look at the 74 candidates for new emoji that could be included in the upcoming Unicode 9.0 release.

At the 2016Q2 UTC meeting, the committee approved of 72 new emoji that will eventually make their way to Android and iOS later this year. Among them, a few of our favorites include rolling on the floor laughing, face palm, selfie, a gorilla (RIP Harambe), avocado, Chinese takeout, and tons more.

Here’s the full list (blank boxes will show emoji only if your device supports them):

Official Unicode 9 emoji
๐Ÿคฃ Rolling On The Floor Laughing
๐Ÿค  Face With Cowboy Hat
๐Ÿคก Clown Face
๐Ÿคฅ Lying Face
๐Ÿคค Drooling Face
๐Ÿคข Nauseated Face
๐Ÿคง Sneezing Face
๐Ÿคด Prince
๐Ÿคถ Mother Christmas
๐Ÿคต Man In Tuxedo
๐Ÿคท Shrug
๐Ÿคฆ Face Palm
๐Ÿคฐ Pregnant Woman
๐Ÿ•บ Man Dancing
๐Ÿคณ Selfie
๐Ÿคž Hand With Index And Middle Fingers Crossed
๐Ÿค™ Call Me Hand
๐Ÿค› Left-Facing Fist
๐Ÿคœ Right-Facing Fist
๐Ÿคš Raised Back Of Hand
๐Ÿค Handshake
๐Ÿ–ค Black Heart
๐Ÿฆ Gorilla
๐ŸฆŠ Fox Face
๐ŸฆŒ Deer
๐Ÿฆ Rhinoceros
๐Ÿฆ‡ Bat
๐Ÿฆ… Eagle
๐Ÿฆ† Duck
๐Ÿฆ‰ Owl
๐ŸฆŽ Lizard
๐Ÿฆˆ Shark
๐Ÿฆ Shrimp
๐Ÿฆ‘ Squid
๐Ÿฆ‹ Butterfly
๐Ÿฅ€ Wilted Flower
๐Ÿฅ Kiwifruit
๐Ÿฅ‘ Avocado
๐Ÿฅ” Potato
๐Ÿฅ• Carrot
๐Ÿฅ’ Cucumber
๐Ÿฅœ Peanuts
๐Ÿฅ Croissant
๐Ÿฅ– Baguette Bread
๐Ÿฅž Pancakes
๐Ÿฅ“ Bacon
๐Ÿฅ™ Stuffed Flatbread
๐Ÿฅš Egg
๐Ÿฅ˜ Shallow Pan Of Food
๐Ÿฅ— Green Salad
๐Ÿฅ› Glass of Milk
๐Ÿฅ‚ Clinking Glasses
๐Ÿฅƒ Tumbler Glass
๐Ÿฅ„ Spoon
๐Ÿ›‘ Octagonal Sign
๐Ÿ›ด Scooter
๐Ÿ›ต Motor Scooter
๐Ÿ›ถ Canoe
๐Ÿฅ‡ First Place Medal
๐Ÿฅˆ Second Place Medal
๐Ÿฅ‰ Third Place Medal
๐ŸฅŠ Boxing Glove
๐Ÿฅ‹ Martial Arts Uniform
๐Ÿคธ Person Doing Cartwheel
๐Ÿคผ Wrestlers
๐Ÿคฝ Water Polo
๐Ÿคพ Handball
๐Ÿคบ Fencer
๐Ÿฅ… Goal Net
๐Ÿคน Juggling
๐Ÿฅ Drum With Drumsticks
๐Ÿ›’ Shopping Trolley

So when can you see these new emoji hit your device? Well, that’s a little tough to answer. Android N is already ahead of the ball (having supported Unicode 9.0 emoji before it was even finalized). While Nexus devices will officially receive the final version of Android N this Fall — complete with all the new Unicode 9.0 emoji — you’ll have to wait for various manufacturers to bake the new emoji into their software via a software update, something that could take a considerable amount of time. But there are workarounds…

Even if the emoji aren’t yet supported on a system level for whatever device you have, apps like Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp still have the ability to add these new emoji in a quick update, but they’d stuck inside those specific apps. Of course, this is generally where you’d be using emoji in the first place, so it’s nice.

Earlier today, Facebook Messenger announced 1,500 new emoji making their way into the app. It’s unclear if or when the emoji from Unicode 9.0 made the cut but as we mentioned before, adding them would only take a simple app update, something they could well before Android N is final or begins rolling out to other non-Nexus devices.

The benefit of system wide support of new emoji is they’ll be accessible everywhere on your phone, regardless of the app you’re using. This ensures you never have to see the dreaded black box when receiving an unsupported emoji, and you can use them in contact names, creating folders, or anywhere else on the phone.

Last month, Google proposed adding 13 new emoji to better highlight diversity by using female versions of popular careers. Those won’t be coming in the new Unicode 9.0 emoji, but it’s possible we could see them added in the future (Facebook actually added these in their big Messenger emoji update).

Which of the 72 new emoji is your favorite?

[ | via Emojipedia]