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IPhones may get reversible emoji in 2018

IPhones may get reversible emoji in 2018

Emojis have long since expanded beyond simple amusing faces, and the Unicode Consortium list includes tons of inanimate objects too.

Here's another situation that would be rectified if we get the option to choose which direction your emoji faces: you're putting together another band of animals using emojis on your iPhone, but the poor snail () isn't facing the right way to play the saxophone, so you have to give it to the caterpillar instead.

There are also new icons for swan, badger, pirate flag and infinity symbol. "However, that can cause a definite change in meaning when exchanging text across platforms". Some emojis that didn't make the cut include "Grinning Face With Letters OK As Eyes", "Frowning Pile Of Poo", and "Frowning Face With Question Marks As Eyes". Let us know by leaving a comment below! "The following ZWJ mechanism can be used to pick an explicit direction".

According to the statement above, it seems as if not every emoji will be flippable. A slew of emojis are already available, and plenty more are about to make their way to the market next year. It features 130 emoji that may be brought in at some point in the next year.

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Until everyone wises up, then, we'll just have to make due with snail-less emoji bands. The final list will be confirmed in the first quarter of next year, with a decision in January and an announcement in March.

Final details of the Emoji 11 Beta could be released, if approved at the UTC meeting, by the end of January at which time developers and OEMs could start building them into their new OS updates.

The Unicode Consortium is the body which standardises and maintains how characters such as emoji appear across differing platforms, such as on Apple's iOS and Google's Android software. With the new addition of the reversible technology, these new emojis are likely to take a little bit longer to implement than previous releases.


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