Unicode 8.0 brings 36 new Emojis and 5 skin tone modifiers

Unicode is an international encoding standard for use within different languages & scripts, by which each letter, digit, or symbol is assigned a unique numeric value that applies across different platforms and programs. Last year, the Unicode Consortium brought the v7.0 of the Unicode standard which added more than 250 new emojis and this year with v8.0, they have added 36 new emojis and 5 skin tone modifiers.

The new standard brings 5 new skin tone modifiers similar to what you see on iOS’ keyboard or in the web version of WhatsApp. Instead of having the face-like emojis limited to race neutral bright yellows, you can pick more tones that range from white to beige, coffee, and dark brown. The new standard also includes 36 new emojis categorized in faces, zodiacs, religious places, things, and sports.

Here’s a full list of all added emojis, you can check the previous additions here.

By no means can I call this list the “most awaited” ones, I’m still waiting for the crossing fingers here.

The emojis will not start showing up in your apps and softwares too soon, but since they are now a standard, the software manufactures will soon update the apps to support all of them. At some point, all the apps will support these emojis.

So, what’s your favourite one? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Unicode Blog


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