A moose, a donkey and a few maracas; this isn’t the start of a bad joke, but rather some of the emojis that may soon be coming to a smartphone near you.
Emojipedia previews Emoji 15.0 (opens in new tab) that’s a group of 31 emojis in the running to be added to the massive catalog. This particular group doesn’t really have a cohesive theme, but rather fills in the gaps. Some were highly sought after, such as the pink heart, while others seem to have a greater function. For example, you can use the new Pushing Hand emoji instead of folded hands (opens in new tab) to simulate a high five.
The emoji zoo is also expanding with a goose, crow and jellyfish, while a ginger root and pea pod are added to the digital menu. The miscellaneous category includes an emoji with a trembling face, a wing, a Wi-Fi signal, the Khanda, a religious symbol for the Sikh faith, and a flute.
From this preview, the emoji will be reviewed by the Unicode Consortium before being officially rolled out. A council of elders hand-picking emojis may sound silly, but when you look at their articles of association document (opens in new tab), it makes sense why they should exist. Essentially, the group is establishing a universal standard for emojis that will work on every major operating system and app on the web.
The final list of Emoji 15.0 will be released in September, where the world will see who gets the thumbs up and who gets kicked out. According to Emojipedia’s estimated timeline, the developers expect that Google and Android platforms will be the first to use the new emojis from October 2022. And from January 2023, Apple, Samsung, Twitter, and Facebook are expected to do the same. Emojipedia indicates that these dates are based on estimates from the previous year, so they are subject to change. Some platforms may be adopted much later or earlier than before.
While you wait for the final selection, Emojipedia is asking users to participate in a survey as part of World Emoji Day on July 17. First, the developers want to know which of the new emoji you’re most excited about (opens in new tab) (we chose the trembling face). And on Twitter they hold a double elimination tournament for the emoji that best represents 2022 (opens in new tab)†
Also in the announcement, Emojipedia revealed some interesting emoji trivia and statistics (opens in new tab)†
Emoji usage reached an all-time high in 2022. According to Emojipedia’s figures, 22 percent of Tweets contained at least one emoji before reaching their peak in June 2022. They also revealed that Face with tears of joy (opens in new tab) was the most used emoji since 2011 until it was appropriated by Loud crying face (opens in new tab) in March 2021. Since then, the two have been on a back and forth for global supremacy. At the time of writing, Loudly Crying Face is the king of the emoji world.
If you’re still hungry for more emoji news, we recommend checking out the latest on Weak users get in trouble when using inappropriate emojis†