New emoticons from Google, Apple, and others including the Unicode Consortium are set to make their debut later this year on a device near you.
World Emoji Day took place on July 17th, and to celebrate, companies like Google and Apple took the opportunity reveal the final versions of their new and updated emojis for the rest of 2017 and for 2018.
Apple’s new version of new emojis will be introduced to the wider public later this year when it introduces iOS 11. Among the new ‘pictograms’ the company
has currently showed off are the “bearded person” and a “breastfeeding” emoticon, as well as various things “sandwich” and “coconut”. But wait, there’s more….
Apple have also introduced “…more animals and mythical creatures like T rex, zebra, zombie and elf…[a] fun way to describe situations and new Star-Struck and Exploding Head smiley faces make any message more fun,” the company said.
For its part, Google chose to mark World Emoji Day by introducing an entirely new set of ‘smilies’ and announced it was saying goodbye to its ‘blobs.’ The new emoticons will make their debut in the next version of Google’s Android operating system, currently entitled ‘O.’
“Our original emoji style was simple and flat with bold pops of color. The flat design became Android’s signature style, differentiating us from other platforms,” the company announced in a Medium post .
The new emoji were first announced at the company’s I/O developer conference in the summer. The new emoji set will unify scale and size consistency and they will look the same for both senders and recivers, regardless of whether they’re being viewed on an iPhone or an Android tablet.
Google is also bringing in 69 new emoji that have been approved by the Unicode Consortium, the non-profit organisation that approves new emoji characters for public use.
It’s all moved on a bit from 🙂 hasn’t it.