Here's your first look at all the new emoji coming next year

Here's your first look at all the new emoji coming next year

Unicode, the consortium responsible for choosing the new emoji across all platforms, announced the beta version of the 2018 emojis on Monday.

This means you could rotate the train icon to suggest the direction you're travelling in or perhaps reorient the aubergine to suggest, well, whatever you think that gesture might suggest. The full list of emoji candidates can be seen here.

Some of the other emoji candidates in the beta include the teddy bear, mango, party face, spool of thread and skateboard.

The draft 11.0β Specification has a number of changes, including proposed guidelines for display, handling gender, handling skin tone, and a proposed mechanism for allowing emoji to point either to the right or left.

Burge notes that the changing emoji directions is at "a pretty early stage right now".

Emojipedia users have long requested a way to flip emoji direction, and if this feature goes ahead it is likely to target only the emojis that would benefit from it most.

In addition to the ability to reverse emoji, the Unicode Consortium also introduced a wide range of new emoji characters as candidates for the final release - about 130 in all - according to Emojipedia. The decisions of the 2017Q4 UTC meeting for emoji have been incorporated into the draft Charts, Specification, and Data, and are now available for testing and feedback.

After the final emoji list has been published, users can expect new emojis to roll out on major platforms in the second half of 2018.

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