To mark World Emoji Day today, we’re getting our first official look at some of the new emoji coming to smartphones later this year. Emojipedia has put together some of the emoji designs to come iOS and Android, and 9to5Google has some additional details about the designs coming specifically to Android.
Below you can see Apple’s take on some of the new emoji: a ninja, a gender plate, a coin (embossed with “The Crazy Ones”, a sneak reference to Apple’s famous “Think Different” ads), bubble tea , a dodo and a piñata. There is also a pair of lungs, as well as an emoji that Unicode has called an ‘anatomical heart’ to distinguish it from the traditional heart emoji.
Oh, and we also looked at Apple’s take on the new “pinched fingers” emoji for the first time. Emojipedia notes that many users quickly referred to it as the “Italian hand” at the first announcement, but BBC news has an overview of the many interesting meanings that the hand sign has all over the world.
Google, meanwhile, says it has spent a lot of time this year on its animal emoji 9to5Google reports, and there’s good news for everyone who was a fan of Google now classic turtle design as of 2013. Google’s take on the humble tortoise has gone in a different direction in recent years, but now Emojipedia notes it returns to its roots along with the frog, the hatching chick and the pig face.
Despite the cartoonish direction Google takes for many of its animal emoji, the company says it has partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Victoria Bug Zoo to give its animals a “ more authentic look. ” Finally, some of Google’s emoji are being redesigned to make them look better in Android’s dark mode. Checking out Lake 9to5Google.
In addition to revealing his new emoji designs, 9to5Google notes that Google is also rolling out its new quick access emoji bar on a larger scale, giving Gboard users an easier way to access their frequently used emoji instead of having to open the specific emoji menu.
Unicode announced this year’s 117 emoji in January, with 62 new additions and 55 new gender and skin color variants. They will normally get a wide release in the second half of the year as new mobile operating system updates roll out, however 9to5Google notes that you can already view and send some of the new designs from Android if you use the Android 11 Beta and the latest Gboard preview.