๐Ÿ’ฌ The Wrap

Last week two of Meta's major social platforms - Facebook and WhatsApp - updated their native emoji sets to include 2021's Emoji 14.0 recommedations ๐Ÿ“˜๐ŸŸข

This means that Facebook's emoji set (shown above) and the WhatsApp emoji set that are used on non-Apple devices now include emojis such as ๐Ÿซ  Melting Face, ๐Ÿฅน Face Holding Back Tears, and ๐Ÿซถ Heart Hands in the same style as these platforms' other native emojis.

Following a similar update in Apple's iOS 15.4 last month, this Facebook update resolves a years-old instance of emoji design fragmentation: the ๐Ÿคญ Face with Hand Over Mouth now has a consistently contented design across all major emoji vendors for the very first time.

Speaking of Apple, Facebook and WhatsApp users on iOS devices will continue to see native Apple emoji designs which are provided by the operating system. As we covered in last month's Emoji Wrap, Apple also introduced support for Emoji 14.0 within iOS 15.4. ๐Ÿ†•๐Ÿ

As well as adding support for Emoji 14.0, Facebook's emoji update also introduced a series of ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿคโ€๐Ÿง‘ People Holding Hands variants first recommended in late 2019's Emoji 12.1.

Meanwhile, while Unicode are still considering what new emojis will debut in this September's expected Emoji 15.0 recommendations (one candidate being a plain Pink Heart), the consortium have announced that they are now accepting proposals for 2023's Emoji 16.0. ๐Ÿ“œโœ๏ธ

However, Unicode will not be considering any new flag emoji proposals for Emoji 16.0. This is a decision you can find summarized on the Emojipedia blog, and you can also read Unicode's annoucement on the matter. ๐Ÿ™…๐ŸŽŒ

Plus, emoji reactions in Google Docs, an interview with the Emoji Kitchen's head chef, and 10 years' worth of data on ๐Ÿ˜‚ Face with Tears of Joy and ๐Ÿ˜ญ Loudly Crying Face current battle on Twitter - all in this month's edition of the Emoji Wrap! ๐Ÿ“ฏ๐ŸŒฏ

โœจ New Emojis

๐Ÿ“ฐ News

๐Ÿ’ญ Interesting

๐Ÿค— Lastly

That does it for another edition of the Emoji Wrap - Emojipedia's monthly-ish emoji newsletter! ๐Ÿ“ฏ๐ŸŒฏ

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Keith Broni