Coming soon to your phone: hundreds of new emoji
Rejoice, emoji lovers! You will soon be able to communicate even more concepts without resorting to words or punctuation
Tuesday, June 17th 2014, 2:14 pm EDT
By DEVIN COLDEWEY, NBC News
(NBC News) - Rejoice, emoji lovers! You will soon be able to communicate even more concepts without resorting to words or punctuation: More than 250 new symbols are on their way after being announced by Unicode, which standardizes the
The Unicode Standard is a huge set of characters and codes to represent them — a resource that lets different devices and software communicate those symbols to each other. Without such a character set, it would be difficult to ensure that when you write a dollar sign or bird
, others are seeing the same thing.
The rest (274 total) are listed at the website
Of course, just because they're supported doesn't mean they suddenly appear on everyone's phones. The codes for these symbols are now standardized, but Apple, Google, and others still need to create the actual icons that represent them. A few, pictured below, appeared on the Unicode blog post.
Notably, the update does not bring many, if any, more diverse faces and skin tones to the icon set. Users have complained of the fact that most of the expressions and faces are clearly white-skinned; rumors earlier this year suggested this update would bring more races and groups into the mix. Apple and others may make those additions.
While there are now black pointing hands and some nods to various religions, the emoji world does appear, for now, to be about as monochromatic as ever.
Still, it's a fairly sensitive topic and the Unicode Consortium, which maintains the standard, may be holding off on diversity until they can do it comprehensively and properly.