Today is World Emoji Day, a “holiday” that’s apparently a factor. To rejoice, each Google and Apple have shared some new emoji coming to Android 11 and iOS this yr.
For iOS, yesterday Apple previewed to Emojipedia 13 new emoji, together with a dodo, a matryoshka doll, piñata, a tamale, anatomical coronary heart, beaver, boomerang, lungs, ninja, the transgender image, boba tea, a coin that for some motive says “The Crazy Ones” on it, and the long-awaited “pinched fingers.” (We all comprehend it’s the “Italian hand” although, as expertly demonstrated on this photograph of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.) All of those had been permitted by the Unicode Consortium again in January as a part of the Emoji 13.zero set, and will possible debut in the latter half of this yr, in all probability with iOS 14.
Not to be outdone, Google additionally gave an outline of 117 new emoji designs for Android 11. According to 9to5 Google, this set will embrace 62 new characters and 55 pores and skin tone and gender variations. The designs will even purportedly look higher with Android’s darkish mode. Like the new iOS emoji, the set features a ninja, boba tea, an anatomical coronary heart, lungs, piñata, and tamale. You can get a peep of the full set right here.
An Emojipedia weblog additionally lists a few of the traditional designs coming again to Android 11. This contains the good frog emoji; different animal mates like the pig face and hatching chick are getting refreshed designs which might be just like their 2013 incarnations. Some of the animals are getting a extra “realistic” design—albeit with a extra pleasant look—that 9to5 Google says was developed with the Victoria Bug Zoo and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. For some motive, Google can be making an attempt to brainwash us into considering scorpions will not be terrifying, by including a smiling cat mouth to its scorpion emoji. This is a lie. Scorpions are many issues, however cute homicide arachnids is a bridge too far.
This is nice, however there is just one emoji of all these that I actually care about. And that’s the wonderful return of the turtle. You know which turtle I’m speaking about. The good turtle good friend a number of of us promised to guard with our lives that Google murdered with Android 8. The return was first reported a number of weeks in the past, however you won’t have caught it on account of the dumpster hearth information cycle. So that is one other PSA that the Perfect Turtle is confirmed as coming again. The design is last. After Twitter hacks, an never-ending stream of bleak coronavirus information, and the common tech fuckery–duckery, the stunning smiling face of this cartoon turtle is the balm my shriveled, desiccated soul wanted this morning.