Android N will be the first OS to support Unicode 9, more than 72 new emojis to arrive

Are you actively using emoji in your day-to-day lives? Actually, it doesn't matter if you do, because Android N will further expand the already wide array of emojis available on mobile. 

Turns out it will be the first mobile operating system to support the new Unicode 9 standard, which expands the amount of emoji with 72 new additions. Most of these will be mostly humanoid ones with various skin tones to cover all ends of the spectrum. Sharks, juggling artists, avocado, and selfie were among the ones that were jokingly demoed on stage at Google I/O. We've got a facepalm there, too!

Additionally, the proposed set of emojis that better represent women's role in the workforce. The professional glyphs, including a female teacher, cook, rock star, farmer, doctor, and mechanic, among others, were once again shown on stage, but it was not revealed if they have been greenlit by the Unicode Consortium.

We will check back on the topic as soon as we have new info!



1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

"Emoticon" should have been retained, not some hipster-ish "emoji"

13. TerryTerius unregistered

No idea what truncating a word has to do with hipsterism, but that's pretty common. We do that with a lot of words, because it saves time.

14. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

It wasn't really for the purpose of truncating.

17. TerryTerius unregistered

Maybe not, but that's the effect it had. It's a natural tendency in the progression of language. People try to communicate relevant information with the least amount of energy they can get away with. There is a ton of research available on that if you care to look for it.

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Do we need this? Who made these things so popular?

3. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

emoticons/emoji's are useful to some point to get certain things across in text, but......yeah it has gone a bit overboard.

4. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Let us know if you find out, we are dying to know too....

12. TerryTerius unregistered

Well, no. But since when has a smart phone been about only giving you what you need?

15. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

They've been there I think since they hey days of Yahoo! Messenger (though yes their emoticons are animated)

18. irossdrummer

Posts: 369; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

It's not hurting you, some people like it

5. lamseunyau

Posts: 38; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

where the f is the middle finger emoji?

16. Unordinary unregistered

Right in front of me on iOS :)

6. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

No emoji are better than iOS emoji, I have rooted my S7 and use them on swift keyboard, they're always the best

9. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009


10. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

Yet iOS emojis do not all follow unicode definition, case in point the "Grinning face with smiling eyes" is incorrectly portrayed by iOS, while Google, Samsung, LG and everyone else has it correct.

11. MrHate

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Do you think anybody cares if it is "correct"? And who even defined how a "grinning face with smiling eyes" has to look?

19. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

Yes people do care if they are correct. And Unicode has defined the way they are supposed to look. If you see what that emoticon looks like on the different platforms, you will see iOS' interpretation is nothing like a a grinning face with smiling eyes.

7. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014


8. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

This didn't get your vag foaming like when iOS added a bunch of them on its last update? The innovation comes with things like the advanced multitasking, which iOS will copy in a few years like they did with tap to pay.

20. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

iSheep have denial syndrome in common.

21. kotan24

Posts: 312; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Nasty looking emojis why can't the they implement the ios style ones?

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