Thirty eight new emoji are under consideration by the Unicode Consortium, the organisation which designs and approves emoji, for inclusion in its next release.
New emoji candidates include a pregnant woman, bacon and a partner for the dancing emoji woman in the red dress.
Unicode 9, an updated official list of approved emoji, is expected to be released around the summer of 2016. Once a Unicode update is released, Apple, Google and Microsoft are free to design the new emoji to add to their operating systems (hence why emoji vary between platforms).
In addition to the 38 emoji to reach the “candidate stage” of consideration, 15 more emoji have also been submitted to the Consortium. It is likely that not all will make the cut for next year.
The full list of prospective emoji can be found at Emojipedia, but examples include: shark, carrot and a person taking a selfie. The bride, Santa Claus and the dancing woman in red dress would all find partners. The website dedicated to all things emoji has even mocked up what some of the new additions might look like.
However, even with official approval under Unicode 9, unless the technology companies decide to implement the new characters, they may never be usable.
Unicode 8, which was approved in June 2015, and included 37 new emoji (examples: a taco and unicorn), has not been picked up by Apple, Google or Microsoft – with the exception of the set of racially diverse emoji.
We are bereft to report that, yet again, no redhead emoji is included in the list under consideration.
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This article was written by Hannah Jane Parkinson, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 19th August 2015 13.06 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010