67 new emojis have been listed as "draft candidates" for inclusion in the 2018 emoji set, including softball, mango, salt shaker, and a variation of the much-loved 💩 pile of poo emoji.
Above: Frowning Pile of Poo could be coming to phones in 2018. Image: Emojipedia Mockup / Apple Composite.
Other popular additions now recommended for the first time include a kangaroo, broom, bagel, and cupcake.
Of the new smileys recommended, there is a cape wearing "hero", party face, a cold face (and paired hot face) and one that is in love or "feeling loved".
Above: Three new draft candidates for 2018. Image: EmojiXPress.
While no inclusions are final, this is a closer look at the candidates that could arrive on phones in mid-to-late 2018:
- Smiling Face With Cape
- Serious Face With Eye Mask And Cape
- Face With Smiling Eyes And Party Horn And Party Hat
- Face With Uneven Eyes And Wavy Mouth
- Red Face With Tongue Sticking Out With Bead Of Sweat
- Blue Face With Clenched Teeth And Icicles
- Frowning Face With Question Marks As Eyes
- Grinning Face With Letters Ok As Eyes
- Frowning Pile Of Poo
- Face With Glistening Eyes
- Top Of Head With Red Hair
- Top Of Head With Curly Hair
- Top Of Head With No Hair
- Top Of Head With White Hair
- Lab Coat
- Hiking Boot
- Womans Flat Shoe
- Leafy Green
- Moon Cake
- Sliced Bagel
- Salt Shaker
- Red Envelope
- Lacrosse Stick And Ball
- Flying Disc
- Jigsaw Puzzle Piece
- Test Tube
- Petri Dish
- Fire Extinguisher
- Brick Wall
- Lotion Bottle
- Spool Of Thread
- Ball Of Yarn
- Safety Pin
- Teddy Bear
- Roll Of Toilet Paper
- Bar Of Soap
Sequences including (but not limited to) gender and skin tones would not be determined until a later date as these do not require approval of new code points.
Above: Sequences such as those required for hair colors will be confirmed at a later date. Image: Emojipedia.
A final candidate list is to be decided in the coming months. Decisions regarding the final list of candidates is scheduled to take place at the next UTC meeting in October 2017.
Final candidates will receive names and code points in early 2018, which is the earliest that vendors may have certainty about the status of these emojis.
Unicode 11.0 is due for release in mid-2018.
Disclaimer: I am a member of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee and was present at this meeting. ↩︎
The latest draft suggest "Top Of Head With Red Hair" as the character name, with this being intended for use in ZWJ Sequences. Under this mechanism, the "top of head" characters are unlikely to be seen individually. ↩︎