With Google recently adding in the latest emoji from Unicode 8 which was released in June last year, it’s time to look forward to what the Unicode Consortium has in store for emoji next. Unicode 9.0 includes over 70 new emoji and is due to be released mid-year.
There’s a bunch of new emoji, but given that 2016 is an Olympics year it’s interesting to note that there are a few nice sports emoji in here representing activities we normally only see once every four years – sports such as the Modern Pentathlon, Boxing Glove, Fencing, Water Polo, Wrestlers, rifle, Handball, Martial Arts uniform and of course the First, second and Third Place Medals.
It’s not all about sports though, foodies will be pleased to see a heap of new foods being added, from the simple potato to the king of foods: Bacon. There’s also a few gestures (Raised Back of Hand? Left-Facing Fist?).
Emojipedia has put together a list of the emoji that are included in the UniCode 9.0 spec, and if you go to their site they have images of what the emoji will look like. The full list of emoji in the update will include:
Shallow Pan Of Food
Face With Cowboy Hat
Rolling On The Floor Laughing
Raised Back Of Hand
Man In Tuxedo
Drum With Drumsticks
Second Place Medal
Third Place Medal
Martial Arts Uniform
Glass of Milk
Person Doing Cartwheel
First Place Medal
Call Me Hand
Hand With Index And Middle Fingers Crossed
Whether these new emoji make it into Android N isn’t certain, emoji from UniCode 8.0 got released in mid-2015 and it took an update to Android 6.0.1 to get the new emoji in there. Still, it would be good to see Google include it in the initial release as a convenience to users.
Which of these new emoji would you have a use for?