Last week the freemium emoji vendor JoyPixels released its latest emoji update, JoyPixels 5.5. The update features new gender neutral emojis, additional combinations of people holding hands, and a number of design updates.
Above: All the new emojis featured in JoyPixels 5.5.
This release makes JoyPixels the third emoji vendor to support the 168 new emojis included in Emoji 12.1 which was approved in the second half of 2019.
It's worth pointing out that this has nothing to do with the 117 new emojis approved last week as part of Emoji 13.0, which will come to most platforms later this year.
Near 1400 emojis have had their designs updated in JoyPixels 5.5. Such large-scale design changes are the norm for JoyPixels: the EmojiOne 4.5 update (under the emoji vendor's previous moniker) and JoyPixels 5.0 update featured 1,682 and 1,683 design changes respectively.
All 168 new emojis from Emoji 12.1 are featured in JoyPixels 5.5.
138 of these new emojis focus on introducing new non-gender-specific variants to previously available people emojis, such as 🧑🍳 Cook and 🧑🦽 Person in Manual Wheelchair, while the remaining 30 expand the number of combinations of the various 🧑🤝🧑 People Holding Hands emojis.
Above: the new non-gender-specific variants of the four hair style emojis as they appear in JoyPixels 5.5.
Above: the new gender neutral accessibility emojis in JoyPixels 5.5.
Above: a selection of some of the new gender neutral profession-based emojis available in JoyPixels 5.5.
Above: a selection of the new variants of the various 🧑🤝🧑 People Holding Hands emojis in JoyPixels 5.5.
🤣 Rolling on the Floor Laughing is now shedding tears of joy, as per the design of all other vendors.
🦒 Giraffe now appears as a full-bodied (and full-necked) creature as opposed to just displaying the animal's head.
The 🌮 Taco emoji's filling now features what appears to be pickled red onion.
Therefore now as per Emoji 12.1 now the order of skin tones is changeable. For example 👩🏿🤝👩🏻 Women Holding Hands: Dark Skin Tone, Light Skin Tone was available months ago in JoyPixels 5.0, yet the opposite sequence of 👩🏻🤝👩🏿 Women Holding Hands: Light Skin Tone, Dark Skin Tone is new in this release. Both feature a woman with dark skin tone and one with light skin tone, but the new sequence is in the opposite order. ↩︎