250 new emoji characters could be headed to a phone near you

The Unicode standard has been updated to add an additional 2,834 new characters, which includes about 250 pictographic symbols, or emoji. This expanded list of new symbols could help to add personality to messaging, such as SMS and MMS, Apple's iMessage, BlackBerry's BBM, Google's Hangouts, and other services.

"This latest version adds the new currency symbols for the Russian ruble and Azerbaijani manat, approximately 250 emoji (pictographic symbols), many other symbols, and 23 new lesser-used and historic scripts, as well as character additions to many existing scripts," Unicode stated in a blog post. "These additions extend support for written languages of North America, China, India, other Asian countries, and Africa."

With emoji, users could communicate using few or little words and still have their passion come through. One such example would be the "Reversed Hand with Middle Finger Extended" emoji that allows you to quickly express your emotion without having to say much.

Unicode 7's new emoji characters

While the expanded library of emoji could be coming to the keyboard of your favorite smartphone, how they will look and when that will happen will likely vary. Device manufacturers will need some time to incorporate the icons and design them into the phone. Apple, for one, had previously announced that it would bring more diversity into emoji icons representing to showcase more ethnicities.

Source: Unicode


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250 new emoji could be coming to a phone near you



Also Windows 8.X supports Emoji but only in apps for shits and giggles.

Did a double take on the hand looked like the shocker

I don't know why people get so excited about new emoji. How many different cute pictures of flowers and puppies and cocktails do you really need to insert into a conversation?

Should be in "hieroglyphics" then LOL --> I prefer to conduct my conversations in hieroglyphics.

strangely enough the g/f cant seem to receive emoji on her Galaxy S4. I have tried sending it with the built in from Swiftkey and the build in from GoSMS, and none of it works for her on the stock Samsung app!

She may have to enable it.. Most keyboards is disabled by default (don't ask me why).. Check in the settings of the keyboard

Nexus 4 - CM10.1.3

Is she on kitkat yet emojis aren't supported natively until android kitkat I have swift key too and it even predicts emojis based on words I type lol great app and that is galaxy s4 running kitkat in Australia flashed via Odin from another country since we still don't have it here yet

Yep should be in the keyboard settings. Took me a while to figure that out myself. Now I have though.... And can combined daft pictures to call ppl wankers. Life is complete

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Why no emoji on AC anytime I use one in a comment it crashes the app.... Bug or feature?

John Hancock

And none of them work on Republic Wireless. I'm OK with that. My 14 year old daughter.......not so much!

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In the days of Botox do we even need all these emoji? How many expressions do we really have left?