Unicode is again evaluating new emoji

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After pausing the evaluation of emoji submissions, the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee is back with tips for successful submissions, announced chairman Jennifer Daniel. Anything you submit now could be coming to phones as early as 2023, but if you want to fine-tune your emoji, she has some suggestions.

A good emoji has multiple uses, can be used with other emoji to create an emoji phrase, represents something new, and differs from existing emojis, Daniel writes.

We are not getting any new emoji this year; the Unicode Consortium – that’s the panel responsible for emoji releases – has postponed the version release. The delay was because Unicode relies on volunteers, and last year the pandemic overwhelmed them. The next scheduled release is in 2022.

Our very own Jay Peters contributed to your emoji vocabulary with a yawn and a wafer. He submitted his proposal in 2017, and the new emoji hit phones all over 2019.