We are today releasing the final version of our sample images for this update. These have been designed in the "Apple style" to picture how these emojis may look when hitting phones later in the year.
Our sample image collection displays all 69 emojis that we expect vendors to support (minus the skin tone variations, of which we only designed a few).
Scheduled for release in June 2017, there are 239 emojis in total when gender and skin tone recommendations are taken into account.
Above: How these emojis may look when Apple releases an iOS update later in 2017. Photo: Emojipedia.
Documented in this final emoji list is the recommendations for which emojis will include support for skin tone modification. As a general rule, human emojis get skin tones, and yellow smileys do not.
Of the new fantasy set, support is mixed. For example, Mages have been deemed human, so they get skin tone support. Genies are not considered human, and so do not have support for skin tones.3
Above: These emojis feature support for skin tones.
Based on past releases, it's likely the base emoji will use one of the gendered appearances when released by major vendors.
However it is possible that a gender-ambiguous / gender-inclusive version could be shown for each of these instead.
Above: How gender-inclusive variants of Person in Steamy Room, Person in Lotus Position, and Genie could look.
It's not expected that the base emoji will be used for inclusive characters in this release, but it is one option available for any vendors who wish to do this.4
2017 Emoji List
Note: feel free to use any of these original Emojipedia sample images in articles or videos about this emoji update. Please link to this page or our Sample Image Collection for attribution.
Smileys in this update include a monocle wearing face, a cheeky hand-over-mouth, swearing, "mind blown", vomit, shhhh, eyebrow-raise, wild eyes, and star eyes.
All of the new people in this update support skin tone modification. By definition there are no male or female versions of child, adult, and older-adult as these are intended to be gender-inclusive versions of boy/girl, man/woman, and older man/older woman.
Person in Steamy Room is shown here with a female and male variation. It's yet to be seen if a gender-inclusive version of these will be supported on major platforms.
Al fantasy characters in this update support skin tones and genders — except the genies which are not listed as having skin, and thus no skin tone.
The Person in Lotus Position is intended to cover distinct activities such as meditation, or yoga. Male and female rock climbers are included, as well as the sled and curling stone to provide additional coverage for winter sports.
Would any vendor brand the cap with their own logo? We will have to wait and see.
Of the many animals that don't have emoji representation, six have been added in this release. Multiple proposals were made for dinosaur emojis, and the final result is one specific dinosaur (the T-Rex) and one category of dinosaurs (Sauropod).
Food & Drink
Vegetables aren't well addressed at present, and the broccoli goes some way to restoring balance.
Above: New food and drink emojis include a sandwich, coconut, and pie.
Emoji 5.0 includes wide support for new flag types, and three are recommended for vendor support in this release.
Proposed but not approved were many other hand gestures including shaka and west coast hand.
This update now allows ISO subdivisions to be supported as emoji flags too, which dramatically increases the potential number of flags which could gain support.
In Emoji 5.0, three new flags have been recommended for support by vendors: England, Scotland, and Wales.
Vendors are now able to support additional flags such as Catalan, Texas, Northern Ireland, or any of the Liberian County Flags if they wish.
Above: Liberian County flags are valid Emoji Flag Sequences sequences in Emoji 5.0. Vendors can support these, even though they are not on the recommended list. Image: Emojipedia.
The primary restriction on new flag support is the subdivision must be available in this list.
The emojis included in Emoji 5.0 are now final as of 2017-03-27.
Unicode 10.0 is expected to be released in June 2017, and is required for many of the new emojis listed in Emoji 5.0.
Regarding the selection, Unicode President Mark Davis told Emojipedia:
“This 5.0 update of new Unicode emoji is designed to cover a range of popular requests that we received during 2016. It covers the 56 emoji characters that will be in Unicode 10.0, plus 183 emoji sequences used for gender and skin-tone variants, and the 3 new flags for England, Scotland, and Wales.
It has been finalized and released before the Unicode 10.0 release in June, so that vendors can prepare their image designs and code in advance.”
Above: Expected timeline of Emoji 5.0 in 2017.
Expect to see these on most major operating systems in the second half of 2017.6
There are two possibilities for the next emoji list after this:
A new Emoji 6.0 release could be created and released between now and mid-2018. This would be able to include new flag sequences, or ZWJ sequences. Additionally, an emoji update can grant an existing Unicode character emoji presentation.
Alternatively, if the next emoji release requires new code points, the soonest that could be released is mid-2018 when Unicode 11.0 comes out.
It's premature to know which approach would be taken at this stage, and more may become clear after the release of Emoji 5.0 in June 2017.
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You might have seen various articles noting 48, 51, 56 or even 137 new emojis prior to this release. Unicode only announced the final emoji list today, so any articles dated prior to today are referring to various draft releases. ↩
Emoji 5.0 is the documentation which lists every new emoji to be released in the middle of this year. Many of these require new code points which are part of Unicode 10.0. More about emoji versions. ↩
An earlier version of this article stated that Zombies are eligible for skin tone modification. This is not the case. Many other characters do support this, including Mage. ↩
Technically these emojis could be released on major platforms sooner, while Unicode 10.0 is in beta. ↩