Twitter has begun to rollout its latest emoji update, Twemoji 13.1. The update includes new emojis such as the heart on fire, the face in clouds, and large-scale skin tone support for couples and people kissing.
Above: the 217 new emojis released in Twemoji 13.1.
Notably, Twemoji 13.1's new emojis are rendered in the vendor's traditional flat, block color style as opposed to the new glossy designs for existing emojis recently teased by Twitter.
This does not mean that a new glossy style of emoji aren't coming in a future Twemoji update, however.
Hey #DisabilityTwitter, we’ve got two more Twemojis to run by you: a mechanical leg and an updated mechanical arm.— Twitter Design (@TwitterDesign) May 27, 2021
We revised the arm a bit; the hand is now closed in a fist instead of being open. Thoughts?
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You can read more about the history and impact on the syringe emoji's design in our "Vaccine Emoji Comes to Life" article here on the Emojipedia blog.
Historically, several vendors had chosen to display these eyes as spirals, while others chose "x"-shaped eyes. With the introduction of 😵💫 Face with Spiral Eyes, it was recommended going forward that vendors should display 😵 Dizzy Face with "x" eyes.
Above: 😵 is now universally shown with X eyes, making way for the new spiral eyed emoji.
❤️🔥 Heart on Fire encapsulates a popular variant of the classic heart ideograph that is traditionally used to represent desire or lust. The ❤️🩹 Mending Heart, wrapped in an adhesive bandage, can be as an opposing metaphor to the 💔 Broken Heart.
Prior to that update, it displayed with the design now being utilitised for the new 🧔♂️ Man: Beard emoji.
Above: the change in design of 🧔 Person: Beard back in November 2019.
Given that hair style doesn't define gender, users are of course welcome to use whichever bearded emoji best represents the person or topic at hand.
Above: 💑 Couple with Heart and its variants now comes with a choice of skin tones for either person.
Above: 💏 Kiss and its variants now comes with a choice of skin tones for either person.
Some Android versions of the Twitter app also use Twemoji, and these updates are expected to appear on those platforms in the very near future.
Twitter for iOS uses native system-wide emojis from Apple, and is unaffected by this change.