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We Won’t Be Getting Any New Emoji In 2021 Due To Coronavirus

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The group behind emoji releases, The Unicode Consortium, has announced that it will be delaying its 2021 version. This means that Android and iOS devices won’t be getting any new emoji in 2021 but will instead get the next update in 2022. The non-profit says it is delaying its new batch of emoji by six months from March to September 2021 due to fallouts from coronavirus.


Unicode Consortium says it is running into this delay because it relies on volunteers. It says most of them are, at the moment, overwhelmed dealing with the pandemic.


“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. This year we simply can’t commit to the same schedule we’ve adhered to in the past,” president of the consortium, Mark Davis, said in a statement.

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This announcement also means that the consortium has pushed back the deadline for submitting new emojis. Submissions can now be made from 15th June to 1st September 2020. Although, devices won’t be getting the updates until 2022.


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There will be no new emoji for 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Gadgethacks

Unicode Consortium unsure if we will get any new emoji

The Unicode Consortium is unsure if it could still release some emoji earlier than that. Especially if the emoji’s “sequenced” or created as a result of the combination of two emoji. This is because they will not require the encoding of new characters.


All the Emoji announced in January 2020 will still be available for release by September 2020. This includes the olive, beaver, plunger, transgender flag, and the gender-neutral Santa Clause. This new set includes a total of 117 new smileys and is part of Emoji 13.0.


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