Faces, hand gestures, gender pairings1, animals, food, drinks, and sports are all covered in this update.
Above: Every new emoji in Unicode 9.0.
Our sample images used in this article have been designed in the "Apple style" of emoji to give an idea of how these may look when Apple releases their next emoji update.
Here are all 72 images in glorious high resolution:
Amongst the non-emoji updates included in Unicode 9.0 are support for Adlam, Bhaiksuki, Marchen, Newa, Osage and Tangut scripts. All those details available on the Unicode website.
Always the most popular category of emoji: faces and smileys are a key aspect of any emoji update.
Above: Sample Images for Unicode 9 Faces.
These ten emojis have been primaliy been included for compatibility with messaging applications such as Yahoo Messenger. The following faces are new to Unicode:
- 🤣 Rolling On The Floor Laughing
- 🤠 Face With Cowboy Hat
- 🤡 Clown Face
- 🤥 Lying Face
- 🤤 Drooling Face
- 🤢 Nauseated Face
- 🤧 Sneezing Face
- 🤷 Shrug
- 🤦 Face Palm
- 🤰 Pregnant Woman
Four new emojis in Unicode 9.0 have been created to pair with existing single-gender characters.
These pairs are:
- 🤵 Man in Tuxedo (aka Groom)
- Male pair for Bride With Veil
- 🕺 Man Dancing
- Male pair for Dancer (usually shown as female)
- 🤶 Mother Christmas (aka Mrs Claus)
- Female pair for Father Christmas
- 🤴 Prince
- Male pair for Princess
More substantive proposals to increase gender representation in emoji are being actively looked at.
One of the most popular new characters in this update is sure to be the fingers crossed emoji — officially named Hand With Index And Middle Fingers Crossed.
This is one of seven new hand gestures available, which also include:
- 🤳 Selfie
- 🤞 Hand With Index And Middle Fingers Crossed
- 🤙 Call Me Hand
- 🤛 Left-Facing Fist
- 🤜 Right-Facing Fist
- 🤚 Raised Back Of Hand
- 🤝 Handshake
Above: New Hand Gestures in Unicode 9.
Last year, the 🦁 lion emoji was the sleeper hit of the animals. Partly due to the adorably timid face it was given.
Above: Unicode 9 includes a Fox, Butterfly, Duck, and Owl.
In total there are 13 new animals included in Unicode 9.0:
- 🦍 Gorilla
- 🦊 Fox Face
- 🦌 Deer
- 🦏 Rhinoceros
- 🦇 Bat
- 🦅 Eagle
- 🦆 Duck
- 🦉 Owl
- 🦎 Lizard
- 🦈 Shark
- 🦐 Shrimp
- 🦑 Squid
- 🦋 Butterfly
- 🥝 Kiwifruit
- 🥑 Avocado
- 🥔 Potato
- 🥕 Carrot
- 🥒 Cucumber
- 🥜 Peanuts
- 🥐 Croissant
- 🥖 Baguette Bread
- 🥞 Pancakes
- 🥓 Bacon
- 🥙 Stuffed Flatbread
- 🥚 Egg
- 🥘 Shallow Pan Of Food
- 🥗 Green Salad
In a similar class to food sits some popular drinks such as milk, whisky (tumbler glass), and a spoon.
Above: New drinks and utensils in Unicode 9.0
Clinking glasses are intended to be displayed as champagne flutes, which accompanies the addition of 🍾 bottle with popping cork which was released as part of Unicode 8.0.
Celebratory emoji characters are used frequently, which may have been a factor in this particular addition.
- 🛶 Canoe
- 🥇 First Place Medal
- 🥈 Second Place Medal
- 🥉 Third Place Medal
- 🥊 Boxing Glove
- 🥋 Martial Arts Uniform
- 🤸 Person Doing Cartwheel
- 🤼 Wrestlers
- 🤽 Water Polo
- 🤾 Handball
- 🤺 Fencer
- 🥅 Goal Net
- 🤹 Juggling
- 🥁 Drum With Drumsticks
Above: A number of Olympic Sports are included in this update.
What's left? An assortment of emojis from transport to symbols.
Black Heart enters a confusing landscape of character names.
Prior to emoji support in Unicode were these two heart symbols:
At the time of their release, color emoji was just a glimmer in Unicode's eye, and "black" simply meant solid / filled in.
When given emoji presentation the above hearts show as red hearts.
Above: Black Heart emoji is really black.
The new U+1F5A4 BLACK HEART character really means it with the black in the name, and is the first true black heart emoji.
Due to the late-stage removal, these still made the cut as Unicode characters, but not as emojis.
Last year, the Buddha emoji candidate did not make it to the final release of Unicode 8.0.
Above: New Faces from Unicode 8.0 released in mid-2015.
By comparison, Unicode 9.0 includes a larger number of new emojis, but no specific new functionality such as gender or hair color attributes.
Above: Skin tone modifiers were released as part of Unicode 8.0.
Support for Unicode 9 emojis will be coming to various devices throughout 2016, with some platforms already including these characters in developer preview builds.
Windows 10 is due to support Unicode 9 emojis as part of the Anniversary Update "this summer". Here's how these look in the current Windows Insider release:
Above: Windows 10 Anniversary Update will include new emojis.
Android is also scheduled to support Unicode 9 emojis as part of Android N "this summer".
Above: Android N will also include new emojis.
With World Emoji Day coming up next month, we will have to wait and see which major vendor will take the title for first public rollout of these new emojis.
This could be the first year that Apple is not the first major vendor to support the latest emojis.
Work on Unicode 10.0 has begun, with eight candidates at present. Unicode 10 is due for release in mid-2017.
Gender-related emoji additions are proposing the use of Zero Width Joiner sequences, which means it is possible that these could be released 'out of cycle', prior to Unicode 10.
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