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

There are 23 comments

NoNexus says:

Ascii forever!

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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

gcnts says:

Hooray for win95 Clipart!

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thatguy97 says:

I like Windows 95 clip art though

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al9boo says:

I like

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eahinrichsen says:

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?

DocToxyn says:

I was with you until you said puppies....

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kjrod98 says:


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I prefer to conduct my conversations in hieroglyphics.


DJLevy7 says:

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

thatguy97 says:


Posted from my Nexus 7 2013 or Samsung galaxy S5

Tower72 says:

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!

savdini says:

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

Dizfunctions says:

Ask her to check her keyboard settings. It may not be enabled.

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Jeff Dow says:

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

DavieH1888 says:

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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BB_Bmore says:

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

John Hancock

Gotta think that is purposeful. I could be wrong.


reeper55 says:

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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jacob114489 says:

How about the birdie emoji?

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Hope it's coming to the lg pro 3 and the sgs4 and 5!!!

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quailallstar says:

Just what the world needs...

°Sony XPERIA Z2 white
°LG Optimus G Pro white
°LG Optimus L70 black

ScottJ says:

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