Emoji fans rejoice: the pink heart is finally added to the smartphone keyboard!
This is one of the 31 new emoji that has just been approved by The Unicode Consortium, the body that standardizes characters in the world’s writing systems.
The new Emoji 15.0 set also includes a shaking face (I’m shaking), a moose, a ginger stalk, the Wi-Fi symbol, and a pair of maracas.
There are also new Right Pushing Hand and Left Pushing Hand emojis, each of which is available in five different skin tones.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to implement them in your group chats just yet, as platforms owned by Apple, Google, and Meta must first implement them in their software.
Google and Android platforms are likely to release support for the new emojis between October and December, while iPhone and Samsung users will have to wait until next year.
The new Emoji 15.0 set, which was officially announced today, includes a shaky face, a moose, a ginger stalk, the Wi-Fi symbol, and a pair of maracas.
The pink heart (left) has been one of the “most discussed absences in the emoji keyboard” since 2016, Emojipedia said. Other inclusions in Emoji 15.0 are donkey, jellyfish, comb, pea pod, moose, donkey, and a khanda (pictured), the symbol of the Sikh faith.
There are also ten new skin tone modifier sequences: five each for the new Right Pushing Hand and Left Pushing Hand emoji.
NEW EMOJI ACCEPTED FOR EMOJI 15.0
- face tremor
- light blue heart
- gray heart
- pink heart
- Left Pushing Hand (in five skin tones + standard yellow)
- Right Pushing Hand (in five skin tones + standard yellow)
- I raised
- black bird
- ginger root
- pea pod
- folding fan
- hair comb
- Wireless (Wi-Fi symbol)
Other new emojis in the updated set include a donkey, angel wing, jellyfish, black bird, goose, hyacinth flower, and pea pod.
A folding fan, a hair comb, a flute, the khanda, the symbol of the Sikh faith, and light blue and gray hearts.
There are already several other colors of hearts available and different versions of pink hearts.
These include a growing pink heart, two hearts, a heart with an arrow, a heart with a ribbon, and a beating heart.
However, users have been desperately asking for a single light pink heart to be added to use in their text-based conversations, so they’ll be thrilled with the update.
One Twitter user said: ‘pink heart emoji is on the way…for many on the tl [timeline] this is historical’.
Another said: “After a billion years, we finally have a pink heart emoji.”
Companies apply stylized versions of the consortium’s designs to their own operating systems.
Just hours after the announcement, Google posted the new emojis on its I note source, so developers can easily integrate them into their projects.
However, they can only be used as part of a keyboard when the platform can support them.
Emojipediaan emoji reference website, predicts that they won’t be supported by Facebook and Twitter until 2023.
No new emojis were included in iOS 16, which was released on Monday.
Users have been desperately asking for a single light pink heart to be added to use in their text-based conversations, so they’re thrilled with the update.
Just hours after the announcement, Google posted the new emojis in its Noto feed, so developers can easily integrate them into their projects.
With the exception of the skin tone modification sequences, each of the 20 emojis has also been approved as encoded characters as part of Unicode 15.0.
In addition to the 20 emojis, the updated Unicode 15.0 contains two new scripts, Kawi and Nag Mundari, with 86 and 42 characters respectively.
Also included are 4,193 new Chinese, Japanese, and Korean ideograms, as well as Kaktovik numbers, used in the Inuit and Yupik languages.
Other new symbols include a nine-pointed white star, used by members of the Bahá’í Faith, and eight that represent heavenly bodies.
Twenty-nine additional Egyptian hieroglyphic formatting controls will allow Egyptologists to better represent texts, according to The Unicode Consortium.
In addition to the 20 emojis, the updated Unicode 15.0 contains two new scripts, Kawi and Nag Mundari (left), with 86 and 42 characters respectively. Other new symbols include a nine-pointed white star (right), used by members of the Bahá’í Faith, and eight that represent celestial bodies.
New emojis are chosen with the help of the general public, who can submit a request for a particular icon to the Unicode Consortium.
To be considered, the candidate emoji must have multiple uses, be used in sequences, break new ground, be distinctive, be compatible and be used frequently, according to Unicode.
While submissions are no longer accepted for Emoji 16.0, the next release, there is one particular type of emoji that will never be considered: flags.
In a blog post explaining the decision, Jennifer Daniel, chair of Unicode’s emoji subcommittee, wrote: “Flag emoji have always been subject to special criteria due to their open nature, infrequent use, and burden on implementations.”
‘Today, nine out of ten are among the twenty most shared flags. (The only outlier is Russia.)
‘The addition of other flags and thousands of valid sequences in the Unicode standard has not resulted in wider adoption.
“They don’t stop, they are constantly evolving, and due to the open nature of flags, the addition of one creates exclusivity at the expense of the others.”
‘PREGNANT MAN’ INCLUDED IN LIST OF NEW EMOJI FOR 2022
Two emoji, ‘pregnant man’ and a gender-neutral ‘pregnant person’, are among those included in the most recent list of approved emoji, 14.0.
The pregnant man and the pregnant person acknowledge that “pregnancy is possible for some transgender men and non-binary people,” says Emojipedia, a voting member of the Unicode Consortium.
Men get pregnant both in real life and in fiction, claims Emojipedia, like Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1994 movie ‘Junior.’
The ‘pregnant man’ and ‘pregnant person’ emoji could also be used as ‘an ironic way of showing a food baby, a very full stomach caused by eating a large meal
Guidelines for using the term ‘pregnant person’ instead of ‘pregnant woman’, issued by the British Medical Association in 2017, in an attempt to recognize trans and non-binary people, were called at the time ‘an insult to women’.
Jane Solomon, Emojipedia’s ‘senior emoji lexicographer’, described the new emojis in a blog post titled ‘Why is there a pregnant man emoji?’
“The new pregnancy options can be used for the representation of trans men, non-binary people or women with short hair, although, of course, the use of these emojis is not limited to these groups,” he said.
Men can be pregnant. This applies to the real world (eg, trans men) and to fictional universes (eg, Arnold Schwarzenegger in [1994 film] “Junior”.
‘People of any gender can also be pregnant. Now there are emojis to represent this.
For now, Unicode sticks with the more conventional ‘pregnant woman’ emoji, which has been an emoji since 2016.