On Thursday, the Unicode Consortium added three characters to its list of 2019 emoji candidates. New characters now being considered for Unicode 12 include a service dog, mixed-race couple, and deaf people.
In announcing the additions, Unicode president Mark Davis explains::
Leading up to July, we’d already decided on the bulk of the candidates for 2019. We had a special focus on accessibility, and were working out how to do a last few accessibility emoji and how to handle mixed-skin-tone groups. In July, we further solidified the draft specification for Emoji 12.0, and added to the candidate list two new accessibility emoji and the 55 mixed-skin-tone couples.
The final Emoji Version 12.0 list is planned for release in March 2019. Until then, the announced characters are only candidates, and subject to change.
Among the other new emojis possibly coming next year are:
Unicode 11.0 launched and June is part of the upcoming iOS 12 and macOS Mojave releases. Among the 62 new emoji released this year are a softball, kangaroo, llama, partying face, parrot, lobster, and others.