72 new emoji are coming to your phone
The Unicode Consortium, the body that controls and approves universal software standards for letters and other characters, has approved 72 new emoji set to be released later this month.
The new images, which will add to the 1,601 already in existence, add a number of long-requested symbols.
They largely follow the same themes as popular emoji already in use, from facial expressions to hand symbols, animals and food. A significant new roster of sports and medal-style glyphs are also being introduced just in time for the Rio Olympics.
It’s taken three years since it was deemed the word of the year, but a selfie emoji, featuring an outstretched arm and phone, are being introduced.
Clowns, shrugs, facepalms and pregnant women are also all catered for, as are gorillas, rhinos, owls and sharks. On the food front, croissants, pancakes and bacon all make it onto the new roster.
Although these will be adopted by Unicode in June, smartphone users will have to wait for an update from their manufacturer. The new emoji could be introduced with iOS 10 and Android N, due to be released later this year.
Here’s the full list:
Rolling on the floor laughing, Cowboy hat, Clown face, Lying face, Drooling face, Nauseated face, Sneezing face, Prince, Mother Christmas
Man in Tuxedo, Shrug, Face palm, Pregnant woman, Man dancing, Selfie, Hand with index and middle fingers crossed, Call me hand, Left-facing fist
Right-facing fist, Raised back of hand, Handshake, Black heart, Gorilla, Fox face, Deer, Rhinoceros, Bat
Eagle, Duck, Owl, Lizard, Shark, Shrimp, Squid, Butterfly, Wilted Flower
Kiwi, Avocado, Potato, Carrot, Cucumber, Peanuts, Croissant, Baguette, Pancakes
Bacon, Stuffed flatbread, Egg, Shallow pan of food, Green salad, Glass of milk, Clinking glasses, Tumbler glass, Spoon
Octagonal sign, Scooter, Motor scooter, Canoe, First place medal, Second place medal, Third place medal, Boxing glove, Martial arts uniform
Person doing cartwheel, Wrestlers, Water Polo, Handball, Fencer, Goal net, Juggling, Drum with drumsticks, Shopping trolley