Emoji 13.1 comes on this 12 months, for the reason that improvement of Emoji 14 has been pushed again because of the Coronavirus pandemic. However, it nonetheless brings in a bunch of latest emojis. And it additionally brings gender choices for some emojis that didn’t have them up to now.
The distinction between Emoji 13.1 being a minor launch as in comparison with what Emoji 14 would have been lies within the technicalities of making emojis. As talked about within the Emojipedia weblog, the consortium determined to create new emojis for a minor launch in a means that won’t require new code factors to be created. This permits the Unicode Consortium to not solely provide new emojis for the subsequent 12 months, but additionally deal with some points with emojis. Issues comparable to pores and skin tones, and gender choices.
Emojipedia provides a great instance of how this works with the brand new Mending Heart emoji. This new emoji is principally a mix of the guts emoji and the bandage emoji code factors.
Even although we get to see a number of the new emojis which can be coming with Emoji 13.1 within the weblog put up, the discharge date for Emoji 13.1 is ready for October 2020. That means, telephone makers like Apple and Google shall be implementing these new emojis in 2021.
So there may be nonetheless fairly a while earlier than we are able to really use the brand new emojis in Emoji 13.1. However, it’s good to know we are going to nonetheless get some new emojis subsequent 12 months, as an alternative of getting a break between releases.