A shaking head, hearts in new colors and a goose are among a new set of emojis that social media and messaging users will be able to use after their release this year.
The Unicode Consortium, which is responsible for coding and releasing emoji, is set to include only 31 new emoji, which will increase users’ ability to express what they want through images and symbols alongside words in texts and online messages.
But the number of releases this year is much lower than last year, when 112 emoji were released, including pregnant women, a crutch and a low battery sign.
The new shortened version of the emoji was met with mostly positive responses online.
The emoji will undergo a final evaluation phase for approval and approval in September before being released.
Emojipedia, which is dedicated to emoji, said that while some emoji may not be approved in their current version and may be changed, that is, they may be rejected or changed, but most of those emoticons that reach this stage have been confirmed.
The inclusion of the goose symbol has drawn comparisons to the newly released Untalted Goose Game on the Internet and PlayStation platforms in which you control a goose doing terrible things.
But although the design may look familiar, the emoji may change when it appears on phones.
The designs shown here are prototypes made by Emoji Pedia for the Emoji 15.0 version. Responsible for the selection is the Unicode Consortium, a non-profit organization based in California.
Smartphone and communications software companies such as Apple, Google and Samsung must come up with their own designs for emojis.
Earthquake or shock?
Keith Bruni, editor-in-chief of Emojipedia, said the decision to release fewer emojis this year was an “intentional choice”.
“The Unicode Emoji Subcommittee wants to take more time to consider what will happen on the emoji keyboard,” he added. “In the past years, a lot of things have been added.
“They want to look at what we can add that will represent the symbols we know or the experiences we’ve had — things like shaking faces or pink hearts.”
Bruni explained that people were excited to see the pink heart symbol finally included, but he was very interested in the release of the head shaking symbol.
“It is likely that it (shaking head) was used to express a state of real bodily vibration or perhaps it was a metaphorical vibration,” he said. “But the most logical thing behind this symbol is how do we communicate what happens to someone when they experience an earthquake?”
He noted that it is also a common visual cue in comic books and animation, “where people shake their heads very quickly because they are shocked or surprised.”
As for the rest of the emoticons, Keith said their designer may have gotten “healthy inspiration” from the related video game goose emoji – but they have meaning beyond that.
“In the case of the goose, the concept goes back to how we use language in an expressive way,” he said. What other things can we say with these emojis?
“How can we forget the English term ‘silly goose’? Through emojis, that English language becomes a piece of knowledge that can be represented across cultures.”
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