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Emoji update includes afro comb, goose and more hearts | Emojis

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A shaking head, a pair of high-five hands and an afro comb are all set to head for smartphones in the coming year when the concept list for Emoji 15.0 is revealed.

Three new heart tones have been introduced – light blue, pink and gray – as well as a few animals, including a donkey and goose, vegetables shaped like peas and ginger, and cultural artifacts such as maracas and a wooden flute.

Two new icons have also been introduced: a pink Khanda to represent Sikhism alongside the other major world religions, and a blue Wi-Fi logo.

The Unicode Consortium, an industry association that deals with text rendering standards, is responsible for approving new emoji designs before individual smartphone manufacturers choose how to display them. For eight years, the online resource Emojipedia has been offering “sample images,” illustrating the new emoji in the style of Apple’s iOS emoji set, to visualize how the designs will appear in next year’s updates.

Some new emoji
This year’s cohort of new emojis is the smallest ever and has no “person-syle” submissions. Photo: Emojipedia

“In addition, since this is just a draft emoji list, any emoji can be changed before it’s final approval in September 2022,” said Keith Broni, editor-in-chief of Emojipedia. “It’s worth noting, though, that most of the draft emoji candidates made it onto the final list in recent years.”

The pink heart is a particularly desired new emoji, Broni added, and has been one of the most popular emoji requests since the company started tracking them in 2016. smallest ever, with only 31 new symbols introduced. More than 100 were introduced in Emoji 14.0 last year. And for the first time, there isn’t a single new “person-style” emoji among the new additions.

The draft list is expected to be finalized in September, after which device manufacturers can begin their own implementation. For iOS, that usually comes in January each year, while Android handsets vary depending on the manufacturer.

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