Unicode 11.0 Beta Adds Some New Emoji But Removes Old Ones

The Unicode Consortium has released its latest draft of new emoji that could be included in the next Unicode release. As part of the newest list, the set of emoji will adopt the name of Emoji 11.0, instead of the expected Emoji 6.0 name. This is due to alignment issues and the move will bring the latest draft in line with the next Unicode 11.0 standard. The Unicode Consortium has included 130 possible new emoji, which will be revised before the final cut is announced in March, though it will be a few months before the likes of Google include the new emoji in their Android releases.

Looking at the new list, the majority of it is comprised of emoji related to smileys and people, with 82 drafts being included. Among these are hot and cold faces, a drunk face emoji and even puppy eyes. Emoji 11.0 could also be set to include a number of superhero and supervillain emoji. Aside from this, the standard people emoji list looks to have been expanded significantly, with the introduction of redhead emoji and characters with curly hair. Not only this but representing the older-generation is a new set of white-haired emoji, while those who are bald could also be represented if included in the final list. Moving away from the top half of the body, Unicode 11.0 could also introduce legs, feet, bones and teeth emoji. Other additions to the list included a lab coat, goggles, and even hiking boots. The Consortium has also created a new hippopotamus, kangaroo, and mosquito emoji, as well as new bagel, cupcake and mango emoji. Final additions to the list include items ranging from a safety pin and fire extinguisher to a toilet roll and a broom, with other emoji representing random items such as a teddy bear, test tube, and a jigsaw also being included in the list.

The latest emoji draft builds upon the previous one released in August, though it also removes some potential candidates; the sad poo emoji, OK face and the question mark face are no longer included. Nonetheless, emoji that form part of Emoji 11.0 are expected to support different directions, meaning users will be able to send an emoji of a runner going towards either the left or right, while vehicles and a number of other emoji could also support the feature. As the Unicode Consortium confirms, this newly expanded list is simply a draft for now, with the final list set to be chosen in January, though an announcement will not happen until March, and the actual Android release will likely take place in June.

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