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2020’s New Emojis Include ‘Bubble Tea’, ‘Italian Hand’, Anatomical Body Parts
By Mikelle Leow, 30 Jan 2020
Sample concept images of Emoji 13.0 by Emojipedia
The Unicode Consortium, the global standard for emoji, has released the confirmed list of emoticons rolling out in 2020. Emoji 13.0 comprises 117 new emojis, which will make their way to mobile devices in the second half of the year.
The update includes 62 brand new icons, such as the long-overdue bubble tea emoji, along with a transgender flag, polar bear, black cat, piñata, anatomically-accurate heart and lungs, and a smiling face with a tear.
Also coming to screens this year are 55 gender and skin-tone variants, including gender-neutral “Mx” emojis. One noteworthy design that will be available in various skin tones is pinched fingers, also known as “Italian hand.”
Since the list has just been finalized, the official designs by vendors like Apple, Samsung, Twitter and Google aren’t ready yet, but you can get a gauge of how they might look thanks to concept illustrations by emoji reference website Emojipedia found below.
As for when the new emojis will appear on mobile phones, a Unicode representative informs DesignTAXI that they’re likely to arrive in September or October 2020, though certain platforms might debut the icons earlier.
There is a Boba Emoji in 2020! I REPEAT! THERE IS A BOBA EMOJI IN 2020!!! pic.twitter.com/cbyYHHMHfV— Brian Tong (@briantong) January 29, 2020
[via Unicode, video and images via Emojipedia]
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