Unicode 10 Launched; Bitcoin Emoji, Yoga Emoji, Hijab Emoji Introduced

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Emojis – we all love them. They have become substitutes to words, and express so many emotions all packed into one small graphical representation. Emojis have been used in so many forms. While they are a good way to begin a conversation, they are also a good way to end conversations. A set of emojis can be used to express sentences and phrases too. There’s a lot that can be done with emojis, and now you have 56 new emojis as Unicode 10 gets launched.

The Unicode Consortium announced the latest version of Unicode today. It is the 10th update to Unicode. While it does bring in 56 new emojis, it also brings in a number of other improvements. Unicode 10 brings with it some new scripts that add support for lesser-used languages, integration of core specification and data files under the same date, and some Unicode Line Breaking Algorithm & UAX modifications.

The 56 new emojis that debuted with Unicode 10 include the likes of Yoga emoji, bitcoin emoji and the Hijab emoji among others.┬áSome of the new emoji include star-struck, face with raised eyebrow (which Emojipedia says is also known as the “Colbert” face), exploding head, face vomiting, shushing face, face with hand over mouth, love you gesture, palms up together, brain, orange heart, scarf, gloves, coat, socks, zebra, giraffe, hedgehog, sauropod, cricket, coconut, broccoli, dumpling, fortune cookie, pie, cup with straw, and chopsticks.

“The Unicode Standard is the foundation for all modern software and communications around the world, including all modern operating systems, browsers, laptops, and smartphones-plus the Internet and Web (URLs, HTML, XML, CSS, JSON, etc.),” notes Unicode Consortium’s blog post, emphasising on the future availability of Unicode 10 on Internet browsers as well as other supported platforms and devices. It would begin reflecting on your devices shortly. Stay tuned with us for more updates on Unicode.

 

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