The pandemic is even affecting emoji. The Unicode Consortium, the group behind emoji releases, announced today that it’s delaying its model deliberate for 2021, that means that gadgets received’t obtain new emoji subsequent 12 months and as an alternative will get a launch in 2022. The excellent news is that the emoji that had been introduced earlier this 12 months, just like the olive, beaver, and plunger, will nonetheless be accessible this fall. Unicode says the delay is occurring as a result of it depends on volunteers who’re at the moment overwhelmed coping with the pandemic.
“Underneath the present circumstances we’ve heard that our contributors have rather a lot on their plates in the mean time and determined it was in the very best pursuits of our volunteers and the organizations that rely on the usual to push out our launch date,” stated Mark Davis, president of the consortium, within the group’s weblog put up. “This 12 months we merely can’t decide to the identical schedule we’ve adhered to prior to now.”
This implies the deadline for submitting new emoji can also be pushed again. Individuals can submit their concepts from June 15th till September 1st. Once more, although, these received’t present up on gadgets till 2022. The group says it’s attempting to find out whether or not it might launch some emoji sooner than that in the event that they’re “sequenced,” or emoji created from a mixture of two emoji, thereby not requiring the encoding of recent characters. Whereas it’s unhappy to listen to we’ll be skipping a 12 months of recent emoji, I’m at the very least glad to listen to we’ll nonetheless get new ones this 12 months — a small deal with for a tough time.