Let's Take a Look at What The Next Emoji Update Might Bring

Published July 19th, 2021 - 10:27 GMT
Possibly coming to your phone soon. Looking forward to beans and more.

A saluting face, biting lip, coral, and a low battery is among the emojis up for approval later in the year. 

World Emoji Day is an unofficial holiday occurring on 17 July, intended to celebrate emoji. It has been celebrated annually since 2014. On this world emoji day, let us take some time to praise this amazing innovation that certainly saved us plenty of keystrokes.

Emojis are an outcome of the most recent evolution of the human language as most people communicate over electronic devices and via social media platforms now. They attempt to fill in a gap when communication happens virtually. Given the increasing number of emojis, sometimes we even struggle to find the right one. 

Emoji is a Japanese word that roughly means picture word. It is made up of two different words: 'e' for picture and ‘moji’ for the character.

Emojis are pictograms, logograms, ideograms, and smileys used in electronic messages and web pages. The emoji's primary function is to fill in emotional cues otherwise missing from the typed conversation. 

History of Emoji
Emojis were originally developed in 1999 by Shigetaka Kurita while working with a Japanese telecom company NTT Docomo. The emojis got popular around 2010 when smartphones became a part of everyday life.

Demands for more diversity and inclusion in emojis have taken center stage in the conversation about digital icons in recent years.

A melting face, sensual biting lip, and gender-inclusive representations of pregnancy are some of the new emojis coming those days.

The new emoji batch also includes a saluting face, a face holding back the tears and a hand-covered face with a peeking eye illustrating a person who doesn’t want to see something but can’t help looking. There’s also an array of hand gestures in various skin tones, including “heart hands” and an accusatory pointing finger. However, these emoji are still pending approval by the Unicode Consortium in September. Some might be changed or removed in the process, but they give us an idea of what to look for in the fall.

Expect to see some companies come out with early emoji support in late 2021, and the majority of updates to take place in the first half of 2022.

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