For my own sanity, I have made peace with the fact that emojis will inevitably be all over the place. And that’s no surprise. You use them every day, I use them every day. Still, nothing could have prepared me for the now really happening Emoji Movie, whose existence still perplexes me every time I see it on billboards.
With that said, I’d like to take you on a quick little tour around which new emoji characters are making it in 2017.
Emojipedia breaks down the update (released on Monday by Unicode) in different categories below:
Smileys in this update include a monocle wearing face, a cheeky hand-over-mouth, swearing, “mind blown”, vomit, shhhh, eyebrow-raise, wild eyes, and star eyes.
All of the new people in this update support skin tone modification. By definition there are no male or female versions of child, adult, and older-adult as these are intended to be gender-inclusive versions of boy/girl, man/woman, and older man/older woman.
Person in Steamy Room is shown here with a female and male variation. It’s yet to be seen if a gender-inclusive version of these will be supported on major platforms.
Al fantasy characters in this update support skin tones and genders — except the genies which are not listed as having skin, and thus no skin tone.
The Person in Lotus Position is intended to cover distinct activities such as meditation, or yoga. Male and female rock climbers are included, as well as the sled and curling stone to provide additional coverage for winter sports.
Would any vendor brand the cap with their own logo? We will have to wait and see.
Of the many animals that don’t have emoji representation, six have been added in this release. Multiple proposals were made for dinosaur emojis, and the final result is one specific dinosaur (the T-Rex) and one category of dinosaurs (Sauropod).
Food & Drink
Vegetables aren’t well addressed at present, and the broccoli goes some way to restoring balance.
Above: New food and drink emojis include a sandwich, coconut, and pie.
Emoji 5.0 includes wide support for new flag types, and three are recommended for vendor support in this release.
Proposed but not approved were many other hand gestures including shaka and west coast hand.
This update now allows ISO subdivisions to be supported as emoji flags too, which dramatically increases the potential number of flags which could gain support.
In Emoji 5.0, three new flags have been recommended for support by vendors: England, Scotland, and Wales.
Vendors are now able to support additional flags such as Catalan, Texas, Northern Ireland, or any of the Liberian County Flags if they wish.
Above: Liberian County flags are valid Emoji Flag Sequences sequences in Emoji 5.0. Vendors can support these, even though they are not on the recommended list. Image: Emojipedia.
The Full Updated List Of All The New Emojis Coming This 2017
Below are all the new emojis that are going to be available in 2017. The list of characters will be released to vendors in June in time for the expected rollout period of July through December this year. Note that the above emoji characters and the ones listed below are merely mockups designed by Emojipedia and are not official yet.