Unicode 9.0 goes official with 72 new emojis

By , Jun 22, 2016

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The Unicode Consortium, the organization which develops the Unicode standard that specifies the representation of text in all modern software, officially announced Unicode 9.0, the next major revision to the Unicode standard.

The Unicode 9.0 specification is now available to vendors with 7,500 new characters for a total of 128,172 characters, including six new scripts and 72 new emoji characters.

“Unicode 9.0 adds several characters intended to complete gender pairs, and there are ongoing efforts to provide more gender choices in the future,” reads the post. Among other important symbol additions, Unicode 9.0 includes nineteen new symbols for the new 4K TV standard.

Unicode 9.0 also adds variation sequences for every emoji character with a default text presentation and two new mechanisms for globally controlling the emoji presentation: using language tags with locale extensions and using special script codes.

“Though these are new mechanisms and not yet widely supported, vendors are encouraged to support the locale extension for most general usage such as in browsers,” writes the organization.

The 72 new emojis in Unicode 9.0 are as follows:

  • Rolling on the floor laughing
  • Face with cowboy hat
  • Clown face
  • Lying face
  • Drooling face
  • Nauseated face
  • Sneezing face
  • Prince
  • Mother christmas
  • Man in tuxedo
  • Shrug
  • Face palm
  • Pregnant woman
  • Man dancing
  • Selfie
  • Hand with index and middle fingers crossed
  • Call me hand
  • Left-facing fist
  • Right-facing fist
  • Raised back of gand
  • Handshake
  • Black heart
  • Gorilla
  • Fox face
  • Deer
  • Rhinoceros
  • Bat
  • Eagle
  • Duck
  • Owl
  • Lizard
  • Shark
  • Shrimp
  • Squid
  • Butterfly
  • Wilted flower
  • Kiwifruit
  • Avocado
  • Potato
  • Carrot
  • Cucumber
  • Peanuts
  • Croissant
  • Baguette bread
  • Pancakes
  • Bacon
  • Stuffed flatbread
  • Egg
  • Shallow pan of food
  • Green salad
  • Glass of milk
  • Clinking glasses
  • Tumbler glass
  • Spoon
  • Octagonal sign
  • Scooter
  • Motor scooter
  • Canoe
  • First place medal
  • Second place medal
  • Third place medal
  • Boxing glove
  • Martial arts uniform
  • Person doing cartwheel
  • Wrestlers
  • Water polo
  • Handball
  • Fencer
  • Goal net
  • Juggling
  • Drum with drumsticks
  • Shopping trolley

It’s interesting that a “rifle” emoji and a “modern pentathlon” one were excluded from Unicode 9.0 over objections from Apple and other members of the Unicode Consortium voting committee.

Apple’s software platforms currently include Unicode 8.0 emojis. The 72 new emoji added to the just-released Unicode 9.0 standard should be deployed across iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3 when they release this fall.

The new scripts and characters in Unicode 9.0 add support for lesser-used languages:

  • Osage, a Native American language
  • Nepal Bhasa, a language of Nepal
  • Fulani and other African languages
  • The Bravanese dialect of Swahili, used in Somalia
  • The Warsh orthography for Arabic, used in North and West Africa
  • Tangut, a major historic script of China

For the full list and description of the 72 new emojis in Unicode 9.0, see the official website of the Unicode Consortium. For full details on Unicode 9.0, go here.

For a detailed description of support for emoji characters by the Unicode Standard, see this document.

Image via Emojipeia.org.

Source: The Unicode Consortium

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  • Greg Warren

    The world may never know why it has taken this long to come up with a bacon emoji.

    • Elias Chao

      I’ve been using the Latvia flag as it were a bacon emoji

      • J3ff

        thats awesome lmao

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  • Steve Harold

    Too many dang emojis!

    • therealjjohnson

      Which is why the “emojification” is going to be a big feature

  • Diego Milano

    For some reason I will never find iOS emojis as cute as other OS or applications, they are OK but I think they are a bit “cold” or inexpressive, they could do a much better job with some of them, at least the faces expression emojis. That’s just my perception though, I’m sure other people may find them cute or whatever…

    • Julio Hernandez

      I prefer the iOS emojis over that of the android OS. The android emojis are ugly.

    • Elias Chao

      I’m not sure if I’m used to the iOS’ emojis, but I find Android emojis very weird, specially faces.

      • Diego Milano

        Yeah, I don’t know why they chose to have that odd face shape, it doesn’t look human, haha. Some are OK though.

    • The Facebook ones are actually really nice.

      • Diego Milano

        Yeah, I do like them too. I wish we could choose different emoji themes, wouldn’t that be nice to have by default and for others to be able to see the emojis using the theme we selected instead? 😉

  • Agneev Mukherjee

    For those, who have installed the iOS 10 beta, did you see the above emojis?

    • Bruce Milyko

      I just checked and they are not there in the first beta.

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        Then, Apple will surely implement it in the second or third beta..

  • Zencowboy007

    Someone add this to a jailbreak tweak:-)

    • Varun Soi

      That’s what i thought right when i see it! 🙂

    • Marcus

      If someone were to add this as a jailbreak tweak then the only people that would be able to see it would be other people with the tweak. We need Apple to add it to iOS first 🙂

  • therealjjohnson

    So the current gun emoji is going away or was there a new gun and rifle emoji that were going to be added that just aren’t ?

    Sid note: a gun emoji aint never hurt nobody!

    • Y2J

      Was wondering the same thing

  • hkgsulphate

    I hate Andorid even more because many of my friends who use Andorid phones don’t get updates and I cannot use the new emojies…