More inclusive emoji, including one of a pregnant man, may be coming to smartphones

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A draft list of new emojis released by the Unicode Consortium, designed by Emojipedia, also shows gender neutral options such as "pregnant person" and "person in crown" among its shortlist.

The new set of emojis were unveiled ahead of World Emoji Day on July 17.

Approval of the final version of the emojis won't take place until September as part of Emoji 14.0. The approved list will then go live some time late 2021 and into the first half of 2022.

Other emojis on the shortlist include, a face holding back tears, a melting face, some coral, an empty nest and a nest with eggs, a mirror ball, low battery, an x-ray, a heavy equals sign, a multicultural handshake and a saluting face.

Emojipedia, the reference website and a voting member of the Unicode Consortium, also gave some examples as to how people may use the emojis.

For instance the coral emoji can be used as an icon to discuss climate change, with the "Hand with Index Finger and Thumb Crossed" emoji used as the finger heart gesture popular with K-Pop fans or as a request to be paid money.

The introduction of the pregnant man and pregnant person emojis have been introduced to recognize that pregnancy is possible for some transgender men and non-binary people, and will will exist alongside the current pregnant woman emoji.

"The above additions will mean that nearly all emojis can have a default gender neutral option, with choice to use a woman or man where relevant," Emojipedia said on its website.

The multiracial handshake is expected to be included in the final list. The handshake emoji has only been the default yellow color on most major platforms.

"It is yet to be confirmed which emojis are in the final version of Emoji 14.0. The final version is likely to resemble this draft list, and no new emojis will be added at this stage," Emojipedia added. "But there's always a remote possibility of a change or removal ahead of September"

The Unicode standard approves icons for and sets to code for how they will look. Manufacturers such as Apple then design their own emojis based on the descriptions provided.

Earlier this year, Apple redesigned the "syringe" emoji to remove the two droplets of blood from it so people could use it to describe getting the COVID-19 vaccination.

Emojipedia said the syringe was previously most commonly used for blood donation, but has now "had new life" as a COVID-19 vaccine emoji.

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From handshakes to a disco ball to pregnant men, new emoji are incoming

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In terms of emotions, the next slew of emojis promises a face with open eyes and hand over its mouth, another peeking through hands over its eyes, as well as a dotted outline smiley and one holding back tears. Various hands, in several skin colors, are also proposed, with some outstretched, others in a handshake, and some making heart shapes. Other new arrivals include crowned characters and pregnant men.

Other amusing new additions this year include a troll, coral, nests (empty or with eggs), beans, a slide, a crutch, an X-ray, a low battery, an ID card and a disco ball.

The list is expected to be finalized by the Unicode Consortium in September, before starting to roll out later this year.

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Emoji set to be coming to your smartphone in 2022 include a biting lip and a pregnant man

Daily Mail 17 July, 2021 - 02:01pm

By Jonathan Chadwick For Mailonline

A pregnant man and a gender neutral person wearing a crown are among the emoji set to be approved this September and coming to smartphones next year. 

Emojipedia, which is part of the Unicode Consortium, the central bank of all approved emoji, has revealed draft candidates for the next emoji release, Emoji 14.0.

The pregnant man and pregnant person recognise that 'pregnancy is possible for some transgender men and non-binary people', Emojipedia says. 

The gender neutral person wearing a crown, meanwhile, comes in a range of different skin tones, as do 15 new handshake combinations.   

Also among the emoji are new variations of the distinctive circular yellow face – Melting Face, Saluting Face, Dotted Line Face and Face Holding Back Tears.  

The 'version 14.0' list also includes a motorcycle tyre, a slide, a disco ball, a troll with a club, coral, kidney beans and a low battery. 

The 'version 14.0' list of new emoji also includes a motorcycle tyre, a slide, a disco ball, a troll with club and several different versions of a royal member wearing a crown, which vary by skin colour.

The working list of emoji are determined by the California-based Unicode Consortium.

Third parties can make applications in support of new emoji.

Candidates must work well at emoji sizes, convey new meaning and must appear to be in demand.

Patterns of existing emoji usage are used to help guide the uptake of new additions to the Unicode Standard.

The new additions have been detailed by Emojipedia prior to World Emoji Day this Saturday (July 17). 

'As this is only a draft emoji list, each emoji is subject to change prior to final approval in September 2021,' Emojipedia says in a web post

'Expect to see more about this later in the year when the final version of Unicode 14.0 and Emoji 14.0 is released on September 14.' 

Companies including Apple, Google and Microsoft apply stylised versions of the consortium's designs to their own operating systems. 

No release dates have been confirmed for the emoji on different operating systems, but they will likely be seen on all platforms by June 2022, Emojipedia says.

'Designs shown here are Emojipedia Sample Images, just one way in which these emojis might look,' it explains. 

'Actual vendor designs will vary from those released by major vendors, and Emojipedia's own sample images may also be updated when Emoji 14.0 final is released.' 

From left: Melting Face, Face with Open Eyes and Hand Over Mouth, Face with Peeking Eye, Saluting Face, Dotted Line Face, Face with Diagonal Mouth and Face Holding Back Tears. All  are among the emojis likely to be approved in September 2021

Emoji 14.0 should be approved this year by the Unicode Consortium before being rolled out next year 

Emojipedia has all the Emoji 14.0 designs listed with their names on its website, as well as old emojis included in previous installments.

This includes all 217 emoji for version 13.1, which was finalised in September last year and is now generally available on iOS 14.5, Google Pixel devices and Twitter. 

Version 13.1 includes a heart on fire, a face exhaling and a face in the clouds, as well as 'couples kissing' and 'couples with heart' in more variations of skin tones and genders.

Prior to this, version 13.0 introduced in 2020 added a transgender flag, a gender-neutral alternative to Santa Claus and the famous extinct dodo.     

According to Adobe’s 2021 Global Emoji Trend Report, which also coincides with World Emoji Day, the most popular emoji worldwide is Face with Tears of Joy. 

For the report, Adobe surveyed 7,000 people in the US, the UK, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, and South Korea. 

It names the three emojis that make you most likeable when chatting online with a prospective date and the three that make you the least likeable, including the highly suggestive aubergine emoji.   

Face with Tears of Joy is the favourite emoji of global emoji users around the world, according to Adobe’s 2021 Global Emoji Trend Report

It also found 55 per cent of global emoji users are more comfortable expressing emotions through emojis than phone conversations. 

And 89 per cent of respondents agreed that emojis make it easier for them to communicate across language barriers. 

Also revealed prior to World Emoji Day is that Clippy, Microsoft's virtual paperclip assistant, is being brought back as an emoji on Microsoft Office. 

Emojis may be a fun form of communication but they are destroying the English language, a recent study by Google has revealed.

Smiley faces, love hearts, thumbs up and other cartoon icons - rather than words - are the preferred method of communication by teenagers, who are considered the worst offenders regarding the decline in grammar and punctuation.

More than a third of British adults believe emojis are the reason for the deterioration in proper language usage, according to the study commissioned by the Google-owned site YouTube.

Emojis were first used by Japanese mobile phone companies in the late 1990s to express an emotion, concept or message in a simple, graphic way. Now, Twitter feeds, text messages and Facebook posts are crammed with them

Of the two thousand adults, aged 16 to 65, who were asked their views, 94 per cent reckoned English was in a state of decline, with 80 per cent citing youngsters as the worst offenders.

The most common errors made by Brits are spelling mistakes (21 per cent), followed closely by apostrophe placement (16 per cent) and the misuse of a comma (16 per cent).

More than half of British adults are not confident with their command of spelling and grammar, the study also found.

Furthermore, around three-quarters of adults rely on emoji to communicate, in addition to a dependence on predictive text and spell checking.

The use of emojis has seeped into our culture to such an extent that the Oxford Dictionary's 'Word of the Year' in 2015 wasn't actually a word at all - it was the Face With Tears emoji, which shows just how influential the little graphic images have become.

They were first used by Japanese mobile phone companies in the late 1990s to express an emotion, concept or message in a simple, graphic way.

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World Emoji Day has given us a pregnant man, but don’t worry... I still very much doubt dudes can birth

RT 17 July, 2021 - 02:01pm

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And, on that score, who would ever have thought there would ever be the need to have a little cartoon of a pregnant man? I didn’t think men could get pregnant, yet. How could I have missed such a monumental event? 

Oh, hang on a sec, I just checked. It is still clinically impossible for a genetic male to get pregnant on account of the dude having totally the wrong biology. A fetus cannot gestate in a box, not yet anyway. It requires a ‘womb.’ You know, the bag that comes with the package when you’re born a female of the human species. We all start out in a womb. 

And blokes – dudes, chaps, fellas, call ’em what you want – they simply don’t have what it takes. Sorry guys, I apologise if that hurts your feelings. But nature, biology, simply doesn’t care about how you feel.

Yes, I know, there are bearded people who have given birth. But at the fundamental genetic level – in their very DNA – they’re female. They’re transgender men, meaning they started life with a vagina and a uterus. The bits required to cook that fertilised egg, they’re set in the womb of their mother – oops, sorry, birthing person – by about 22 weeks.  

It’s already too late before you’re born. Never mind though, eh? At least you now have an emoji.

A pregnant man emoji is being released, but don’t panic, he’s only pregnant with a food baby! Greedy guts! Jokes, the emoji depicts a trans man. If trans men *are* men, men being adult human males, why are they popping out baby humans? That’s something only females can do. pic.twitter.com/SIbxko5brv

You do know what an emoji is, right? On the off-chance you’ve been lucky enough to have managed to avoid them up to now, I’m gonna ruin it for you. First came emoticons – ‘emotion icon,’ get it? So, folk used to just type :-) for a smiley face, or :-( for a sad face. Etc. Simple enough. Emojis, which derived from the Japanese words for picture, ‘e,’ and for character, ‘moji,’ followed a while later. Fascinating, eh? 

They’re those bloody irritating little cartoons that some people pepper their emails and messages with these days. It’s fine if you’re 13 years old. But if an adult sends me these things, I may well think there is something wrong with them and they don’t actually know how to type out real things called ‘words.’ There’s even a limp little film about these things called The Emoji Movie. Of course there is.

Anyway, apparently World Emoji Day has been celebrated on July 17 for years and I never even noticed. Oh well. This year, to mark this vital occasion, the club of people who decide on what gets to be an emoji – the Unicode Consortium – have announced a whole raft of new ones to be dripped out over the coming year. 

Awesome. How the hell do I get a job working for the Unicode Consortium? Imagine the fun to be had, subverting global culture with emojis such as ‘the English football hooligan’ and ‘too fat to run’ and ‘the statue toppler.’ How about ‘gay Adolf’? That one could be a camp little Nazi with a toothbrush tash wearing a leather outfit. And so on.

But if this whole woke cultural abyss we’re falling face first into really gets on your tits – male or female, of course –  these new little idiotic icons are pretty much guaranteed to ruin your Saturday. So look away now…

Stealing the show is the pregnant man, available – obviously – in a variety of skin tones. And just to make sure we know he MUST be a man, he has a moustache. Do all transgender dudes have to grow a moustache? Is that kind-of a rule these days? 

The ‘pregnant person’ one, though, doesn’t have a hairy face and is in a green jumper instead of red. Dunno why. Maybe there’s some kind of colour code significance that passed me by.

Then there is the handshake one, where you can choose a variety of shades of skin tone for either hand. Loads of Emojis are yellow. I don’t know, and I have never actually met, a bright yellow person. Have you? I’m fairly sure they only exist on The Simpsons. 

ARE YOU KIDDING ME I WAS GOING TO MAKE A JOKE THE OTHER DAY ABOUT HOW THEY NEED TO MAKE A HANDSHAKE EMOJI FOR ME AND MIKHAIL pic.twitter.com/RPzmkOdWvQ

Then there’s the ‘person with a crown’ image? Dunno what that’s supposed to mean; there have always been kings and queens, princes and princesses. A prince can be a princess, and vice versa? Maybe that’s it. That’s a great idea for Prince Harry and his woke wife Meghan to ingratiate themselves back onto the Windsor payroll. Maybe they can sell the idea to the Queen? Has to be ginger though, surely. 

The folk who decide these things are clearly busy boys and girls, as they announced a fresh load only a few months back. Those beauties included a bearded lady avatar plus a ‘gender-neutral’ bearded face. Don’t struggle trying to unpick that one or the need for both, it won’t help it make any kind of sense.  

Before that came gender-neutral couples and menstruation. Ah, yes, the ‘time of the month.’ That too is, still, I’m afraid chaps, an exclusive domain for the genetic human female.

They’re gonna run out of options soon, surely. Where is there left to go with all this? Well, they could give me a job! Have a laugh with it, stop taking yourselves so effing serious. Better still, how about we all bin the emojis, emoticons and gifs – they’re little videos, in case you’re wondering – and just type out the words instead? They’re far more precise. Or, God forbid, make a phone call. Hey, here’s a wacky – some might say insane – idea: talk to them face-to-face over a beer. Then he can show off his brand new moustache and pregnancy bump.

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A Pregnant Man And Melting Face Are Among 2021 Emoji Finalists

Screen Rant 17 July, 2021 - 02:01pm

Taking a look back at last year's Emoji 13.0 update, a ton of new options were made available. Some highlights from Emoji 13.0 include the pinched fingers emoji, a ninja, black cat, an accordion, and — of course — bubble tea. Emoji 13.0 also put a lot of focus on adding more gender-neutral options to exisitng emoji, such as a man wearing a veil, a woman in a tuxedo, and more. In total, Emoji 13.0 added 117 new emoji.

With Emoji 14.0, it looks like it's going to be another year of welcome additions. There are a little over 100 new emoji chosen for the update, ranging from silly emoji to more inclusive/welcoming ones. The selections are currently part of a draft list that could change between now and September when the final version is approved, though it is expected that all of the choices will remain as is. Once the final list is approved, it's up to companies to start implementing them in future updates. Google Pixel phones will likely be among the first to receive Emoji 14.0 between October and December, followed by the likes of Apple, Samsung, Twitter, and Facebook between January and June 2022.

Emoji 14.0 comes with many new hand emoji. This includes rightwards/leftwards hands, palm down/palm up hands, heart hands, hand with index finger and thumb crossed, and index finger pointing at the viewer (all of which are available in multiple skin tones). There are also 15 new skin tone options for the handshake emoji, which was previously limited to the standard yellow color.

On the note of inclusivity, Emoji 14.0 changes how gender is treated for certain exisitng emoji. Rather than having separate princess and prince emoji, Emoji 14.0 replaces them with a standard 'person with crown' one. The pregnant woman emoji is also gaining two new variations, including pregnant man and pregnant person. As Emojipedia points out, "Pregnant Man and Pregnant Person are new, and recognize that pregnancy is possible for some transgender men and non-binary people." Rounding Emoji 14.0 out, the rest of the additions feature a troll, coral, lotus, empty nest, nest with eggs, beans, pouring liquid, jar, playground slide, wheel, bing buoy, hamsa, mirror ball, low battery, crutch, x-ray, bubbles, identification card, and a heavy equals sign.

Source: Emojipedia

‘Pregnant man,’ other inclusive emojis unveiled as possible new icons

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(ABC4) – A pregnant man, beans, a lip bite, and a face trying not to see what is happening are among the latest emojis expected to roll out within the next year based on a draft from the Unicode Consortium, which decides what emoticons we see.

Emojipedia has illustrated the new draft emojis, which you can see below, ahead of World Emoji Day on Saturday, July 17. Other notable emojis include a cup pouring liquid, bubbles, a disco ball, and a playground slide.

Emoji 14.0 is to be finalized in September 2021. Here's on the latest draft list https://t.co/IAahiILGA0 pic.twitter.com/1GPyHxZnWu

If you are familiar with emojis, you can see the newest ones continue the trend of being more racially and gender-inclusive.

Each of the emojis with hands and faces can be changed to any skin tone and, in some cases, to include two different skin tones.

Others are gender-inclusive, like the “person with crown,” or the “pregnant man” and “pregnant person.”

Draft Emoji: Pregnant Man #WorldEmojiDay https://t.co/dHdM2hsBvZ pic.twitter.com/ZzuKDXsXdT

While most emojis, through the new update, will have a gender-neutral option, some are still under review, according to a Unicode Emoji Subcommittee report. The report indicates this is because it is unclear what a fitting gender-neutral approach entails.

For example, “sometimes a doctor is just a doctor,” Unicode explains.

The above emojis are just a draft of what could be approved for Emoji 14.0. Which emojis are approved are based on Unicode approving them for use in September, and manufacturers like Apple and Samsung rolling them out to users.

In April, Apple released iOS 14.5, featuring new emoji options like a heart on fire, a bandaged heart, “a face exhaling,” and an update to the couple kissing and couple with heart emojis.

To see Unicode’s draft of emoji candidates, and to provide feedback on the proposed emojis, visit Unicode’s website. Have an idea for an emoji? Here is how to submit an emoji proposal.

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World Emoji Day: Vote for ‘Most 2021 Emoji,’ sponsor an emoji, most popular emoji of the year

9to5Mac 17 July, 2021 - 02:01pm

World Emoji Day is Saturday, July 17 and in honor of the occasion we’ve rounded up a number of ways to join in on the fun. From voting on the most 2021 emoji and upcoming emoji you’re most excited about, checking out the most popular emoji from 2021, sponsoring an emoji to support the non-profit Unicode Consortium, and more, check out everything going on below.

Yesterday we got a look at the most popular emoji for 2021 based on an Adobe study of 7,000 people. Face with tears of joy (😂) took first place followed by thumbs up, heart, face blowing a kiss, and crying face rounding out the top five.

And we also got an early look at the emoji that could come to iPhone and other devices later this year with Emojipedia drawing up renderings of the Emoji 14.0 draft lift.

And to celebrate World Emoji Day, Emojipedia hosts the World Emoji Awards. That includes several different awards and voting is currently open to choose what new emoji you’re most excited about. The final voting is also still open on Twitter for the “Most 2021 Emoji”:

#Most2021Emoji 📊

Ok, here we go. The FINAL vote. Your two options for the emoji that best sum up the year so far are:

— World Emoji Awards 🗳🌍🏆 (@EmojiAwards) July 15, 2021

The number one pick was heart one fire with second going to face with spiral eyes, followed by smiling face with tear, face exhaling, and pinched fingers.

And here’s how the lifetime achievement World Emoji Award shook out for this year:

Notably, the Unicode Consortium behind all the work it takes to research, study, approve new emoji and so much more is a non-profit organization. It’s supported by membership fees and donations for individuals, corporations, and other groups.

One easy way to support the Unicode Consortium is to sponsor an emoji. There are three options starting at $100 going up to $5,000 for the Gold level.

When you celebrate World Emoji Day this week by sponsoring your favorite emoji or another character for yourself or as a gift, your donation helps the non-profit Unicode Consortium support the world’s many languages and make the digital world more inclusive.

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