A new set of emoji has been recently announced by Unicode Consortium, the non-profit organization that develops and promotes the use of these symbols in all major operating systems, which are meant for adoption in 2018.
The list isn’t yet complete, as final decisions about the 2018 emoji will be made at a Unicode event that will take place in January. Once approved, these emoji could be rolled out on major platforms in the second half of 2018.
For the time being, the list contains more than 100 emoji, but many of them will probably not make it to Android and iOS next year. Here is a very short list of some of the emoji that we might be able to use starting next year:
- Man, red haired
- Woman, red haired
- Pleading face
- Woozy face
- Partying face
- Flying disc
- Pirate flag
Three emoji have been removed from the earlier candidate lists: Grinning face with letters OK as eyes, Frowning pile of poo, and Frowning face with question marks as eyes.
Besides the new emoji that will be approved for use on major operating systems, Unicode also introduces a nifty feature for those who often use these symbols when they communicate: support for reversible emoji..
Obviously, Apple and Google must add support for these sequences in order for reversible emoji to work on iOS and Android, respectively. You can find the full list of emoji candidates in the beta at the source link below.