Official new emoji previewed by Apple, Google ahead of release
We’re only a few months away from having a slew of new emoji on our smartphones, at least if you’re an iOS or an Android device user.
While it was no secret what the new icons would be, how various companies would interpret these designs and implement them for their own technologies was not officially revealed until yesterday, when just a day before World Emoji Day, both Apple and Google unveiled a few of the unique designs.
In total, 117 new emoji will be introduced later this year: 62 unique icons and 55 skin variations. Among these new characters are a pinched finger emoji, an anatomical heart emoji, a transgender symbol emoji, and a ninja. Others that will be released with the new collection but were not previewed by Apple include a smiling face with a tear, people hugging, and a disguised face.
In addition to these brand new characters, a handful of existing icons will be getting design updates like Google’s turtle, scorpion, and whale, among others.
Both sets of new emoji are expected to be released sometime this fall; exact dates have not yet been confirmed. CL
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