Take a look at the new emoji that could be approved this year, from a shaking head to a phoenix rising from the ashes
Sarah JacksonFeb 7, 2023, 00:46 IST
Have you noticed a lot of the emoji on your phone point left? Whether it's a car, a person walking, or a dog, many of the emoji at your fingertips are designed to face leftward.
Unicode Consortium, the organization responsible for approving all emoji before they can make it to our phones, has also taken note. In Emoji 15.1, the newest slate of upcoming emoji, Unicode wants to provide alternatives to existing emoji that only face one direction, so users can show, say, a person running to the right instead of the left.
The list of recommendations for Emoji 15.1 spans 578 characters. That doesn't mean, of course, that we're getting 578 new emoji; most of these are just variations to support different directions for emoji.
There are, however, a few completely new candidates for the latest set of emoji. Here they are:
A mushroom (Another mushroom emoji already exists; it's red with white spots.)
A broken chain
A head nodding up and down
A head shaking side to side
A phoenix rising from the ashes (Look at its fiery tail feathers!)
The emoji aren't available just yet. They'll be subject to review first, and if approved, they'll start rolling out to most devices in early 2024. In the meantime, other emoji are on the way.