There are new emoji on the way…eventually. As reported by EmojipediaThe Unicode Consortium formally approved Emoji 15.1, which means a batch of new emoji will appear on your devices at some point in the future.
There are not as many additions to the emoji line as in previous versions. The new emoji are a horizontally shaking head, a vertically shaking head, a phoenix, a lime, a brown mushroom and a broken chain, according to Emojipedia. There are also new emoji that denote different family sizes and some emoji versions that you may be familiar with that will be facing different directions.
Personally, I’m very excited to see some of these appear on the Internet; I imagine the phoenix will be particularly popular. But unfortunately, sometimes it takes months for companies like Apple and Microsoft to build support for the new emoji into their software, so you may have to wait a while before you can throw a lime emoji at your friends.
If you think an emoji is missing from the current list, you can submit a proposal for one yourself. (I chronicled my process for making the waffle and yawning face emoji in a 2019 story for The edge.) Here are the Unicode Consortium guidelines on how to submit your proposal. Submissions will reopen in April 2024.