Here’s the emoji set to be coming to your smartphone by 2023


A shaking face, a pink heart and a Wi-Fi symbol are among the emoji set to be approved this September and coming to smartphones next year. 

Emojipedia has officially revealed images of the draft candidates for the next emoji release, Emoji 15.0, which are due to be officially confirmed in September. 

The highly-requested ‘pink heart’ is one of three new coloured hearts included in the release, along with light blue and grey. 

‘Shaking face’, meanwhile, could be used for shock reactions or to indicate excessive movement, such as during an earthquake. 

Other inclusions on the Emoji 15.0 list are donkey, jellyfish, hair pick, pea pod, moose, donkey and a khanda – the symbol of the sikh faith. 

Emojipedia has officially revealed the draft candidates for the next emoji release, Emoji 15.0, which are due to be officially confirmed in September

Pink heart has been one of the most 'discussed absences on the emoji keyboard' since 2016, Emojipedia said

Pink heart has been one of the most ‘discussed absences on the emoji keyboard’ since 2016, Emojipedia said

EMOJI VERSION 15.0

– Shaking face 

– Pink/light blue/grey heart 

– Pushing hand

– Moose

– Donkey 

– Wing

– Goose 

– Jellyfish 

– Ginger  

– Pea pod  

– Maracas 

– Flute 

– Khanda

– Hyacinth

– Folding hand fan

– Hair pick 

– Wireless 

– Black bird 

The new additions have been detailed by Emojipedia – which is part of the Unicode Consortium, the central bank of all approved emoji – prior to World Emoji Day this Sunday (July 17). 

Companies including Apple, Google and Microsoft apply stylised versions of the consortium’s designs to their own operating systems. 

No release dates have been confirmed for the emoji on different operating systems, but they will likely be seen on the majority of platforms by October 2023, Emojipedia said. 

‘Actual vendor designs will vary from those released by major vendors, and Emojipedia’s own sample images may also be updated when Emoji 15.0 final is released,’ said Keith Broni at Emojipedia. 

‘Additionally, as this is only a draft emoji list, each emoji is subject to change prior to final approval in September 2022.’ 

The new emoji were already listed as ‘draft candidates’ on the Unicode’s online request list, but they’ve only now been officially announced along with sample designs. 

Some ‘might not make the cut’, although most presented for approval in this draft list are ‘historically confirmed’, according to Broni. 

‘It is worth noting the majority of draft emoji candidates have ended up included on the final list over the last number of years,’ he said. 

Pink heart has been one of the most ‘discussed absences on the emoji keyboard’ since 2016, Emojipedia said. 

There are already several other versions of pink hearts including a growing pink heart, two-hearts, heart with arrow, heart with ribbon and beating heart, but not a plain pink heart.

Emoji 15.0 also includes ‘pushing hand’ in a range of skin tones, either right-facing or left-facing. 

The pushing hand emoji looks like one half of the existing ‘folded hands’ emoji, which is often used to indicate prayer, thanks or reverence. 

Pushing hand could be used to indicate refusal of something, or holding out a hand for a high five.  

Shaking face could be used for shock reactions or to indicate excessive movement, such as during an earthquake

Shaking face could be used for shock reactions or to indicate excessive movement, such as during an earthquake

Emoji 15.0 also includes 'pushing hand' in a range of skin tones, either right-facing or left-facing (pictured)

Emoji 15.0 also includes ‘pushing hand’ in a range of skin tones, either right-facing or left-facing (pictured)

Emojipedia pointed out that there are far fewer emoji as part of this year’s draft list compared to previous years – only 31. 

That compares with 112 in 2021’s Emoji 14.0, while 2020’s Emoji 13.0 and Emoji 13.1 contained 334 between them (117 and 217, respectively). 

Additionally, for the first time ever, there are no new people emojis in this batch of recommendations.

There are also no flag emojis – not only geographical flags, but also pride flags, language flags and other colour-based flags

A decision to create no more flag emojis was revealed earlier this year, due to the ‘transient nature’ of many pride flags, and the ‘challenges including some identities while excluding others’, Emojipedia said. 

Among the candidates are pink, grey and light blue hearts, 'shaking face' and 'pushing hand' in a range of skin tones.

Among the candidates are pink, grey and light blue hearts, ‘shaking face’ and ‘pushing hand’ in a range of skin tones.

Other inclusions on the Emoji 15.0 list are donkey, jellyfish, hair pick, pea pod, moose, donkey and a khanda (pictured) - the symbol of the sikh faith

Other inclusions on the Emoji 15.0 list are donkey, jellyfish, hair pick, pea pod, moose, donkey and a khanda (pictured) – the symbol of the sikh faith

Release dates for emoji support always vary by the operating system, app or device, but the earliest support for Emoji 15.0 will be in October to December this year, likely on Android.

Between January and October 2023, the majority of other platforms will also support Emoji 15.0, such as Facebook, Apple and Twitter. 

Until July 31, Unicode is accepting applications for the next batch of emoji, version 16.0, likely to be revealed in around a year’s time and approved in September 2023. 

To be considered, the candidate emoji must have multiple uses, use in sequences, break new ground, be distinctive, be compatible and be frequently used, according to Unicode Consortium. 

‘PREGNANT MAN’ IS INCLUDED IN THE LIST OF NEW EMOJI FOR 2022

Two emoji – ‘pregnant man’ and a gender neutral ‘pregnant person’ – are among those included in the most recent list of approved emoji, 14.0. 

The pregnant man and pregnant person recognise that ‘pregnancy is possible for some transgender men and non-binary people’, Emojipedia, a voting member of the Unicode Consortium says. 

Men get pregnant in both real life and in fiction, Emojipedia claims, like Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1994 film ‘Junior’. 

'Pregnant man' and 'pregnant person' emoji could also be used as 'a tongue-in-cheek way to display a food baby, a very full stomach caused by eating a large meal

‘Pregnant man’ and ‘pregnant person’ emoji could also be used as ‘a tongue-in-cheek way to display a food baby, a very full stomach caused by eating a large meal

Guidelines to use the term ‘pregnant person’ instead of ‘pregnant woman’ – as issued by the British Medical Association in 2017, in an attempt to recognise trans and non-binary people – were at the time called ‘an insult to women’. 

Jane Solomon, Emojipedia’s ‘senior emoji lexicographer’, outlined the new emojis in a blog post entitled ‘Why is there a pregnant man emoji?’ 

‘The new pregnancy options may be used for representation by trans men, non-binary people, or women with short hair – though, of course, use of these emojis is not limited to these groups,’ she said. 

‘Men can be pregnant. This applies to the real world (e.g., trans men) and to fictional universes (e.g., Arnold Schwarzenegger in [1994 film] “Junior”.  

‘People of any gender can be pregnant too. Now there are emojis to represent this.’

For now, Unicode is keeping the more conventional ‘pregnant woman’ emoji, which has been an emoji since 2016.    

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