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The much-needed bacon emoji is one of 72 new characters arriving in Unicode 9

By midian182 ยท 7 replies
Jun 3, 2016
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  1. Do you find that the current range of emojis isn’t wide enough to cover everything you’d like to express using a tiny picture? Do you lament those occasions when you have to type the word ‘bacon,’ rather than simply being able to send an image of the hangover cure? If this sounds like you, then good news: more than 72 new emoji, including the pig-based food, are on their way.

    The Unicode Consortium – the organization that approves new emojis – has announced that 72 new characters will arrive with the release of Unicode 9.0 on June 21. Food and drink seem to be a popular theme among the new additions, with emojis for avocados, stuffed flatbread, salad, and whiskey tumbler glasses making an appearance.

    Exactly how many people will use some of the more obscure new emojis remains to be seen, but some will no doubt prove quite popular, such as ‘Rolling on the Floor Laughing,’ a Pinnochio-style ‘Lying’ icon, and a ‘Nauseated face.’

    There’ll also be new animals, sports-based characters, (clean) hand gestures, and a pregnant woman. Additionally, the update will bring a ‘Selfie’ icon - something that’s taken a surprisingly long time to arrive in emoji form.

    Two of the five emjoi that the consortium rejected were ‘Modern Pentathlon’ and ‘Rifle.'

    Facebook rolled out 1500 new emojis to its Messenger service earlier this week, including 100 that are designed “to better reflect gender and skin tones.” The issue of emoji diversity was addressed by four Google employees last month, who developed a new set of images aimed at promoting gender equality in the workplace.

    The current characters are just mockups, and it will take a few months before companies add the final versions to their software.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,993   +2,880

    Oooo! Batman.
    p51d007 likes this.
  3. andrewdoyle88

    andrewdoyle88 TS Booster Posts: 93   +69

    Finally, now I can let everyone know with an emoji that I came in third place!
    p51d007 likes this.
  4. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,549   +235

    How do people decide on these? Like, is there somewhere I can go to vote on which ones get implemented? lol
  5. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 895   +264

    Actually anyone can propose a new one and then the Unicode committees vote on what will get added to the new version of the emoji unicode. http://unicode.org/emoji/selection.html that is the website that shows you how to submit for a new emoji.
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,518   +2,312

    So, one more reason not to join Facebook then?
  7. Ascaris

    Ascaris TS Addict Posts: 104   +57

    One of two possibilities exist:

    1. It's April 1st.

    2. The inmates are running the asylum.
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,518   +2,312

    Well junior, that's been and gone. This could be very early for next year's April Fool's Day, but that's quite a stretch

    Wow, not paying attention much? :oops: The "inmates have been running the asylum" for decades. Does the name "George W. Bush", ring a bell?

    For some truly grown up, sophisticated, high brow entertainment, google, "fart emoji"..
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2016
    Raoul Duke likes this.

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