Unicode reveals new proposals for Emoji 4.0

Unicode reveals new proposals for Emoji 4.0
Unicode announced a draft today for a proposed Emoji 4.0 update. The draft adds gendered emojis, new professional emojis, new flags, emoji upgrades to non-emoji characters, and additional skin tone support. Unicode proposes adding male or female versions of certain existing emoji that currently have just one version based on gender. These characters include an information desk man, guardswoman, female runner, female police officer, and men with bunny ears.

After both Apple and Google suggested that new professions be considered for Emoji 4.0, Unicode announced that 16 new professions are being proposed for the 4.0 update. These include:

  • Health Worker
  • Judge
  • Pilot
  • Farmer
  • Cook
  • Student
  • Singer
  • Artist
  • Teacher
  • Factory Worker
  • Technologist
  • Office Worker
  • Mechanic
  • Scientist
  • Astronaut
  • Firefighter

There are actually 32 professional emoji proposed since each one will have a male and female version.


Proposed for the update is a Rainbow Flag and the United Nations Flag. And three characters are being considered for a promotion to full-fledged emoji. That would be the female sign (♀), the male sign (♂) and the Staff of Aesculapius (⚕).


Lastly, ten emoji are being considered for skin tone modification. As Unicode points out, emoji showing multiple characters have to have the same skin tone since the characters all share a single code point. The emoji being proposed for skin tone modification are:


  • Woman With Bunny Ears
  • Man and Woman Holding Hands
  • Two Women Holding Hands
  • Two Men Holding Hands
  • Wrestlers
  • Snowboarder
  • Golfer
  • Sleeping Accommodation
  • Man in Business Suit Levitating
  • Family

The review period for Emoji 4.0 ends on October 24th. Emoji 4.0 will be released this coming November.


source: Emojipedia

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5 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

TimCook will accept that rainbow flag with open arms... btw, did bunny-man is a profession?

2. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

I personally think there are too many useless emojis (and they wanna add more). Emojis were supposed to be a way to express feelings like smiling, laughing, angry, etc. What we need is more variants of these expressions. We don't need an 'emoji' for every single thing in life!

3. TBomb

Posts: 1654; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Agree with that 100%. I don't need a "Man in business suit levitating" because what am i going to use that for? Me: You'll never guess what i saw on the way to work this morning! Friend: Was it a [water fountain emoji] or a [2 guys wearing bunny ears in leotards emoji]? Me: No it was [man in business suit levitating emoji]!!!! It's stupid

4. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Apple needs to update their emojis. They look outdated (horrible design, dithering etc) and a lot of them don't look like what they're meant to look (the desk lady looks like a sassy cunt on iOS, and there are more).

5. Fona13A unregistered

I remember when emoticons had a substantial uniqueness across the mobile spectrum, now they are living breathing PSA's nobody asked for. Thanks, Google, Apple, etc. you get your money's worth pandering to a bunch of tit babies.

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