Unicode Consortium, organization holding the official catalog of emojis for smartphones, published the Unicode 15.0 standard on Tuesday with 31 new emojis including a pushing hand, a shaking face (or I’m SHOOK), a moose, a goose, the long-awaited pink heart and a wifi/wireless sign.
We first saw some of the artwork for these 31 emojis — one of the lowest numbers added in recent years — in July. Now that they’re approved, phone makers, OS makers, and app makers will roll out their own versions to bring to your devices. To that end, Google has already released these new emojis with its Noto font for the web, so developers can easily incorporate them into their projects.
The search giant said the new emojis will be available by the end of the year on Android and next year on other Google products. Along with the color version of the updated Noto font, the company has also released a revamped monochrome version of the font with new emojis. Google first launched monochrome emojis earlier this year as a nod to emojis on older feature phones.
Additionally, Google is releasing its first set of animated emojis for open use, with some of them already available in the company’s Messages app.
The company is also adopting the COLRv1 standard, which allows you to modify certain parts of the font – in this case, the emojis. For example, you can try this demo with the duck emoji to mix colors from different parts to create a new version. Currently COLRv1 support is only available in Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge with Firefox support coming soon. However, you cannot yet send these remixed emojis via messaging apps.
However, Google allows users to change their emoji colors through the G-board based emoji kitchen. You can add a colored heart to an existing emoji to change its color. For example, mixing a red rose with a yellow colored heart will create a yellow rose.
Hopefully, we’ll soon see updated emoji implementations from the likes of Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft.