Unicode 14.0 Unveiled With 37 New Emojis
On Tuesday, September 15, the Unicode Consortium, a non-profit organization that approves and standardizes emojis, announced the release of Unicode 14.0, which includes a slew of new characters and emojis. The Unicode Consortium has announced a list of 37 new emoji characters that will be available later this year on Android, iPhone, and other devices. The latest quick-to-share additions to the emoji pack include a saluting face, troll, heart hands, a low battery indicator, and a hand with index finger and thumb crossed. There will be 112 new designs total, including all new variations and skin tones.
Version 14.0 adds 838 characters to the total of 144,697 characters, according to a blog post on the Unicode website. Five new scripts have been added, bringing the total number of scripts to 159, as well as 37 new emoji characters. New additions include a biting lip, a face with open eyes and a hand over mouth, a face with a peeking eye, a face with a diagonal mouth, a melting face, and even a face holding back tears.
Emojis such as a pregnant man and a pregnant person, a person with a crown, and various hand positions will be available in 2021. There's also a heart-shaped hand emoji. In addition, emojis such as coral, beans, pouring liquid, jar, lotus, empty nest, and nest with eggs are available. The full list of 37 new emojis can be found on the Unicode 14 emoji chart.
According to the website, the characters are chosen based on proposals received by the Unicode Consortium. The Unicode Emoji Subcommittee will review it and choose one based on the Emoji Selection Factors in Submitting Emoji Proposals.
Last year's Unicode 14.0 release was pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, the organization postponed the release of the entire Unicode Standard 14.0. The Unicode 14.0 emojis were released in September 2021, rather than March 2021, as planned.
There's no word on when these emojis will be available for Android and iOS. Technology companies such as Google, Apple, Twitter, and others release their own versions of the new emoji and add support for them on their respective platforms once the Unicode Consortium releases them. This procedure can take several months to complete.