Emoji fans are delighted – pink hearts are finally being added to smartphone keyboards!
It is one of 31 brand new emoji that have just been approved by the Unicode Consortium, the body for the standardization of characters in the world’s writing systems.
The new Emoji 15.0 set also includes a moving face (I’m shaken), a moose, stem ginger, Wi-Fi symbols and a pair of maracas.
There are also new rightword pushing hand and leftword pushing hand emojis, each available in five different skin tones.
Sadly, you won’t be able to deploy them to your group chats just yet, as platforms owned by Apple, Google and Meta must first implement them in their software.
Google and Android platforms may release support for the new emoji between October and December, while iPhone and Samsung users may have to wait until next year.
The new Emoji 15.0 set, which was officially announced today, includes a moving face, a moose, stem ginger, Wi-Fi symbols and a pair of maracas.
Emojipedia said the pink heart (left) has been one of the most ‘discussed absences’ on the emoji keyboard since 2016. Other inclusions in Emoji 15.0 are donkey, jellyfish, hair pick, pea pod, moose, donkey and a khanda (pictured) – a symbol of Sikhism
There are also ten new skin tone modifier sequences – five each for the new rightword pushing hand and leftword pushing hand emoji
Emoji 15.0 . New emoji approved for
- moving face
- light blue heart
- gray heart
- pink heart
- left hand pushing (in five skin tones + standard yellow)
- Right hand pushing (in five skin tones + standard yellow)
- black bird
- ginger root
- head pod
- folding hand fan
- hair pick
- Wireless (Wi-Fi symbol)
Other new emoji in the updated set include a donkey, an angel wing, a jellyfish, a black bird, a swan, a hyacinth and a pea pod.
A folding hand fan, hair pick, flute, khanda – a symbol of Sikhism – and both light blue and gray hearts.
Many other colors of hearts are already available, and there are different versions of pink hearts.
These include a growing pink heart, two hearts, a heart with an arrow, a heart with a ribbon, and a beating heart.
However, users are desperately calling for a light pink heart to be added to use in their text-based conversations, so will be thrilled with the update.
One Twitter user said: ‘A pink heart emoji is coming… [timeline] It is historic’.
Another said: ‘A billion years later, we’re finally getting a pink heart emoji.’
Companies apply stylized versions of Union’s design to their own operating systems.
Just hours after the announcement, Google published new emoji in its note fonts, so that developers can easily embed them in their projects.
However, they will only be able to be used as part of a keyboard once the platform is able to support them.
emojipediaAn emoji reference website, predicts they won’t be supported on Facebook and Twitter until 2023.
No new emoji were included in iOS 16 released on Monday.
Users are desperate to add a light pink heart to use in their text-based conversations, so thrilled with the update
Just hours after the announcement, Google published new emoji in its Noto font, so that developers can easily embed them in their projects.
With the exception of skin tone modifier sequences, each of 20 emoji is also approved as coded characters as part of Unicode 15.0.
In addition to the 20 emoji, the updated Unicode 15.0 includes two new scripts – Kawi and Nag Mundari – with 86 and 42 characters, respectively.
It includes 4,193 new Chinese, Japanese and Korean ideographs, as well as the Kakatovic numerals used in the Inuit and Yupik languages.
Other new symbols include the nine-pointed white star – used by members of the Bahá’í Faith – and eight that represent celestial bodies.
According to The Unicode Consortium, twenty-nine additional Egyptian hieroglyphic format controls will enable Egyptian scientists to better represent texts.
In addition to the 20 emoji, the updated Unicode 15.0 includes two new scripts – Kawi and Nag Mundari (left) – with 86 and 42 characters, respectively. Other new symbols include the nine-pointed white star (right) – used by members of the Bahá’í Faith – and eight that represent celestial bodies.
The new emoji are selected with the help of the general public, who are able to submit an application for a particular icon to the Unicode Consortium.
To be considered, candidate emoji must have multiple uses, be used in sequence, break new ground, be distinctive, be compatible, and be used frequently according to Unicode.
While submissions are no longer being accepted for Emoji 16.0, the next release, there is a special type of emoji that will never be considered – flags.
In a blog explaining the decision, Jennifer Daniels, chair of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee, wrote: ‘Flag emoji have always been subject to special criteria due to their open nature, low usage and burden on implementation.
Today nine out of ten are in the top twenty most frequently shared flags. (Only the outside is Russia.)
‘ has not been widely adopted as a result of the addition of other flags and thousands of valid sequences to the Unicode standard.
‘They do not remain static, constantly evolving, and due to the open nature of flags, adding one creates exclusivity at the expense of the others.’
New emoji list for 2022 includes ‘pregnant man’
Two emoji – ‘pregnant man’ and a gender neutral ‘pregnant person’ – are included in the most recent list of accepted emoji, 14.0.
Emojipedia, a voting member of the Unicode Consortium, says pregnant men and pregnant individuals believe that “pregnancy is possible for some transgender men and non-binary people”.
Like Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1994 film ‘Junior’, Emojipedia claims that men become pregnant both in real life and in fiction.
The ‘pregnant man’ and ‘pregnant person’ emoji can also be used as a tongue-in-cheek way to demonstrate a ‘baby eating, very full stomach due to eating a large meal’
Guidelines on using the term ‘pregnant person’ instead of ‘pregnant woman’, issued in 2017 by the British Medical Association in an effort to recognize trans and non-binary people, were called ‘disrespect to women’ at the time.
Jen Solomon, Emojipedia’s ‘senior emoji lexicographer’, outlines new emoji in one go blog post The title is ‘Why is the pregnant male emoji?’
“The new pregnancy options may be used to represent those by trans men, non-binary people or women with short hair – although, of course, the use of these emoji is not limited to these groups,” she said.
‘Men can get pregnant. This applies to the real world (e.g., trans men) and to fictional universes (e.g., in Arnold Schwarzenegger. [1994 film] “Junior”.
‘People of any gender can also become pregnant. Now there are emoji to represent it.’
For now, Unicode is keeping the more traditional ‘pregnant woman’ emoji, which has been the emoji since 2016.