Unicode Consortium’s list contains only 31 new emojis, which expand what can be said through pictures and symbols in text and online messages. A shaking head, new heart colours and a familiar goose are among a new group of emojis set to be released this year.
The emojis have been met with positive reviews online, and although the Emoji Reference website Emojipedia said some may not make it to the final list, they said that most that come up to this stage are confirmed.
Tech companies including Apple, Samsung and Google are expected to come up with their designs for new emojis. Non-profit organization Unicode Consortium then selects emojis which are then taken through an approval process before release. This is a much smaller release than last year’s 112 emojis, which included pregnant people, a crutch and a low battery sign.