💬 The Wrap
I'm going to get straight to the point. Regardless of whether you think there are already too many emojis, or if you feel there's a large gap in your life that only a chair or parachute emoji will fix, todays news remains the same:
🍾 230 new emojis have just been approved for release in 2019 🍾
See the full list here, along with sample images from Emojipedia.
More seriously, this release includes new accessibility options (people in wheelchairs, with a cane, a deaf gesture, guide dog), a gender inclusive couple, more flexible skin tones for groups, new colors, animals, a waffle, and some other odds and ends which may or may not end up being useful. Sometimes it's hard to tell. Here is today's announcement from Unicode of the release.
These aren't arriving on phones today, but this is your first chance to see exactly which emojis are coming to devices throughout this year. See also: thread on Twitter with new additions.
✨ New Emojis
🙌 Video: All 230 New Emojis for 2019
We here at Emojipedia made a video showing each of the new emojis approved for 2019. These are always fun to make. Enjoy!
👉 230 New Emojis in Final List for 2019
A writeup of the notable parts of today emoji release, by me.
📋 Emoji 12.0 List on Emojipedia
If you just want the list, here it is.
🔣 Unicode Emoji Ordering, v12.0β
Updated charts from Unicode. Existing emojis are shown with Apple designs, and the new additions are mostly Emojipedia sample images (though there are a few exceptions in the mix).
(New emojis have a green box around them)
See also: today's Unicode announcement or emoji data files.
🇨🇮 German Foreign Office on Twitter
Quick: which is the flag for Ireland: 🇨🇮 or 🇮🇪?
The German Foreign Office neglected to double-check its flag use before tweeting: "We will not allow 🇨🇮 to be isolated on this issue"; which as many people were quick to point out, is the flag for 🇨🇮 Côte d’Ivoire
A takedown of the various 🍱 Bento Box emoji designs implemented by non-Japanese companies. See also the first of a video series making each one of these bento boxes. I learned a few things here.
🛄 A handy guide for using society's most neglected emoji
Side-note: from this headline, it's not clear if the article is discussing one emoji or multiple emojis. One reason why Emojipedia sticks with "emojis" as plural.
🐐 If Goat Emojis Are Flooding Your Twitter Feed, Blame Tom Brady
Occasionally I wonder if the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee were replaced with a random roll of the dice, what would the outcome be? So many emojis become popular for reasons not originally intended. In this instance, the goat for "Greatest Of All Time".
🗣 When Your Kid Texts You a Thousand Emojis and Your Car Tries to Read It
Apple uses subtly different emoji names when reading them out, vs in user interfaces. I find them pretty decent to get the point across, actually!
🎯 Target Using "Emoji" for Domain Name
Kind of weird way to show a URL when this isn't actually an emoji domain (there are no emoji domains for .com - only obscure registries like .ws and .la).
I'm always being sent news about emoji domain sales from brokers. Seemingly, a number of people saw the opportunity of emoji domains and bought hundreds (thousands?) of them, hoping to make big money from a few sales. That may end up being the case, but so far emoji domains seem to be more of a novelty than anything.
Note: Emojipedia can be accessed via 📙.ws/ and 📙.la/ - and you can jump straight to a page using 📙.la/🤩
📋 Emoji 2019 Conference
"2nd International Workshop on Emoji Understanding and Applications in Social Media". May 13-14 in San Fransisco.