Unicode 10 released with 56 new emoji, coming to phones later this year

With emoji usage steadily on the rise, the Unicode Consortium is constantly incorporating a wider set of pictographs. The consortium finalized the Unicode 10 spec today, introducing 56 new emoji that includes the likes of "bearded man," "mage," "zombie,"T-Rex," "Colbert emoji," and many more. Oh, and you'll soon be able to use the Bitcoin symbol in your conversations.

From the Unicode Consortium:

Version 10.0 of the Unicode Standard is now available. For the first time, both the core specification and the data files are available on the same date. Version 10.0 adds 8,518 characters, for a total of 136,690 characters. These additions include four new scripts, for a total of 139 scripts, as well as 56 new emoji characters.

The new emoji are included in the Android O beta, and will be ready to use in the public release. For a full list of emoji in Unicode 10, head to Emojipedia.

Harish Jonnalagadda
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  • Aaaand... still no (Yellow round) facepalm.
  • Would be nice to delete or hide all emoji I'll never use. This list just keeps growing...
  • that's why Gboard let's you search for emoji
  • I like that they have a "most recently used emoji" list. I use like half a dozen of them tops, so just leaving it set to that list is efficient for me.
  • I can't wait to use the T-rex emoji I need it for my everyday life
  • Google needs emojis to be a part of Play Services or something else that can be updated remotely. Most current Android phones will never see these
  • With the release of Android O apparently they're gonna allow individual developers to add updated unicode support in their apps so you can see them (or use them, in a messaging app for example) even if the device doesn't have them natively. Not an ideal solution, given that developers have to make the effort, but it's something.
  • I'm not a heavy emoji user, but that cricket one will be good for when someone makes a lame joke.