Changes are coming quick the new year as 2017 is quickly flushed off. In the tech arena, we expect a flurry of freshness from big phone brands juicing things up. And you know what? Emojis surely would be changing too.
According to Emojipedia, it has long been requested that the direction of emoji be changed in such a way that it does not affect all emoji, but only those who require it and would gain from it most. Take a look at the blog’s unsuccessful sample graphic below which uses the train, runner and gun emoji.
On the modification,the latest Unicode document says that:
“Emoji with glyphs that face to the right or left may face either direction, according to vendor preference. However, that can cause a definite change in meaning when exchanging text across platforms. The following ZWJ mechanism can be used to pick an explicit direction.”
Neglecting the great quantity of drawbacks above, being able to flip an emoji can be very useful in the transmission of both messages that show direction and also messages that require subtlety. Let’s take for instance the pair of eyes that currently look to the left and see how productive it can be at pointing at a particular direction.
Meanwhile, more to be said, the list of possible emoji to be added continue to develop as time goes on. Before now, there were some options that were introduced but have now been discarded. Some of them are; a Frowning Pile Of Poo and a Grinning Face With Letters OK As Eyes, but those that are still running are Mango Face With Smiling Eyes And Party Horn And Party Hat, redheads (!), and Badger, which I am particularly thrilled about because now I can at last text the “Badger Badger Badger” song to friends entirely in emoji.
The concluding decisions on next year’s emoji list will be announced at the Unicode Technical Meeting in January 2018. As soon as they have been published, the most important operations will commence on the program from the latter half of the year 2018.