Scheduled New Emoji 2021 will be Delayed Six Months Due to Coronavirus Pandemic, Says Unicode Consortium.
Delaying the 2021 Emoji
Today, interacting with friends and family online without Emoji is unimaginable. Every year, Unicode Consortium creates a new set of emoji, helping us to express more than what a simple text message allows. This year’s new set of emoji, before its release in March, as a part of Unicode Standard, version 13.0 was first shown in January. However, Unicode Consortium said due to coronavirus pandemic, the next year’s version 14.0 will be delayed by six months, which means that instead of debuting the new set in March 2021, the version 14.0 will debut in September 2021.
Unicode Consortium to release some of the new emoji sooner.
The Unicode Consortium postponing the release of the whole Unicode Standard 14.0 itself is the reason for the delay in the next generation of emoji. The Unicode Standard is IT character coding system intended for consistently encoding, representation and handling of text expressed in most of the world’s writing systems.
This year’s consortium can’t be committed to the same schedule it adhered previously, hence in a blog post, Unicode Consortium President Mark Davis quoted as saying, “Under the current circumstances we’ve heard that our contributors have a lot on their plates at the moment and decided it was in the best interests of our volunteers and the organizations that depend on the standard to push out our release date.”
Releasing of version 13.1
As there will be a delay in the 2021 set of new emoji due to the pandemic situation, the consortium said in the meantime it might consider releasing a version 13.1, which could be based on sequences making use of existing emoji to come up with new emoji. For example, a black cat emoji in version 13.0 is a combination of the cat emoji and a black square emoji which are already existing. Now adding more sequences need not require a new version of Unicode or the encoding of new characters as sequences already exist in version 13.0. Hence, a release of version 13.1 will be fast to put out and may be available for phones in 2021.
So, when the sets of new emoji are released by the Unicode Consortium, tech companies like Google, Apple, Twitter, and others publish their own version of such emoji, which takes several months.
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