The candidate list for Unicode 9 is taking shape, with the final list of new emojis scheduled for approval in mid-2016.
Above: Emojipedia Mockups of Unicode 9 Emoji Candidates
Created by the talented Joshua M. Jones, these emoji mockups imagine a world in which Unicode 9 has been approved, and is ready to use on your devices.
Of of the factors in deciding which emojis are approved for inclusion in Unicode 9 has been the concept of a gender-matched pair.
Bride finds a groom
Dancer gets a male partner
The original Dancer emoji was not intended to be male or female.
Father Christmas is paired with Mother Christmas.
Santa Claus gets reunited with his wife Mrs Claus, which has the Unicode name of Mother Christmas.
Princess and Prince
Candidates for new emoji faces are an eclectic mix of requests to consortium members, as well as inclusions for backward compatibility (primarily with Yahoo Messenger).
- 🤠 Face With Cowboy Hat
- 🤡 Clown Face
- 🤢 Nauseated Face
- 🤣 Rolling On The Floor Laughing
- 🤤 Drooling Face
- 🤥 Lying Face
- 🤳 Selfie
- 🤦 Face Palm
- 🤷 Shrug
Above: Emojipedia Mockups of Unicode 9 Faces
The fingers crossed emoji has been very high on the list of requests to Emojipedia, as well as to Unicode Consortium Members.
- 🤙 Call Me Hand
- 🤚 Raised Back Of Hand
- 🤛 Left-Facing Fist
- 🤜 Right-Facing Fist
- 🤝 Handshake
- 🤞 Hand With First And Index Finger Crossed
Above: Emojipedia Mockups of Unicode 9 Hand Gestures
Food and Drink
A selection of new food and drink related emojis represents some of the more popular[^potato] requests to consortium members.
Clinking glasses is expected to have high frequency of use, due to its association with celebration or success.
Above: Emojipedia Mockups of Unicode 9 Food and Drink emoji candidates
Unicode 9 endeavours to include other animals that are common around the world, but not yet included in the emoji set.
Above: Emojipedia Mockups of Unicode 9 Animals
Above: Emojipedia Mockups of the Wilted Flower and Black Heart
In addition, if the transport section of your emoji keyboard was not comprehensive enough already, here are two more modes of transport, and a traffic sign.
- 🛴 Scooter
- 🛵 Motor Scooter
- 🛑 Octagonal Sign Above: Emojipedia Mockups of Unicode 9 Transport Additions
There are still some emoji proposals that may become candidates prior to next year's release. These are not yet accepted as candidates, but have a likely chance of making it to the candidate list this year.
- Green Salad
- Stuffed Flatbread
- Shallow Pan Of Food
- Tumbler Glass
- Baguette Bread
- Sneezing Face
- Drum With Drumsticks
- Shopping Trolley
Let's check back in a year or two4 to see how closely any of these match the completed emoji images from Apple. Or from other platform vendors, for that matter.
A note to anyone wishing to use these emoji mockups on the web: please feel free to do so, provided a link is included to the relevant Emojipedia page (or this article) as the source. Thanks!
Above: The iOS emoji keyboard could look something like this if these emojis are approved. Photo: Jeremy Burge
Update: The candidate list for Unicode 9.0 has been updated with new emojis proposed. You will see our original mockups used in many of the samples. Unicode 9.0 is due for release in mid-2016.
This is the full list of proposals accepted as candidates. There is another set of Unicode 9 emoji proposals which are not (yet) at the candidate stage. ↩