Interracial Couples And Disability-Friendly Emojis Coming Soon To Smartphones

10 February, 2019, 15:31 | Author: Patty Hardy
  • New Emoji

While there are 59 distinct new emojis, variations for skin tone and gender make for a total of 230 individual images.

Hundreds of new emoji are set to hit smartphones this year including a very rude hand gesture of a pinching motion that will suggest "small penis".

Not that we needed more emojis, but the Unicode Consortium, a non-profit organization whose actual job is to manage global emoji standards, will release 230 more icons this year.

Along with the blood droplet symbol, Unicode is rolling out another 58 emojis in March. This includes a deaf person in different skin tones, prosthetic mechanical limbs, a service dog and more.

Juice boxes, ice cubes, kites, yo-yos, parachutes, and diving masks will get their due in iOS 13, and new animal emoji join the pack with orangutans, sloths, flamingos, otters and skunks.

"We're thrilled to announce that, with your fantastic support, it's been included in the February 2019 emoji release".

Some more exciting emoji news to digest this morning because it's just been revealed that a period emoji will be making its way onto people's phones by Spring 2019.

Backed Syrian force launches 'final battle' against ISIL
Trump said in December he was pulling all 2,000 US troops out of Syria, saying the battle against ISIL there was nearly won. In the past week and a half, more than 20,000 civilians have been evacuated from the besieged area.

Apple began their proposal past year [PDF] by saying, "Apple is requesting the addition of emoji to better represent individuals with disabilities".

It marks the first time Unicode has included gender neutral/gender inclusive additions featuring people holding hands.

"They all fall under the "This is what a non-binary/GNC person looks like, aren't you happy???"

The Unicode Consortium probably never realised the pinching hand emoji would quickly adopt this meaning but we're thankful it has.

More seriously, there are now guide dogs, a wheelchair and a cane used by blind people, which means people living with disabilities have more useful icons.

She added: 'An emoji isn't going to solve this, but it can help change the conversation.

"We'd also like to see greater representation of disabled people and disability across all parts of the media and social media".

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