Google Proposes New Emoji Depicting Women In Professional Roles
Google has proposed to Unicode, the organization that oversees the development of emoji, that it include more options representing women in the workplace. Google argues that "adding 13 new emoji that depict women across a representative sample of professions ... will empower young women and better reflect the pivotal roles women play in the world." Google created some sample emoji across a range of occupations, including manufacturing, industry, healthcare, technology, business, education, food service, farming, and musician. Google paired these 13 women emoji with corresponding male emoji to make standardization easier and keep complexity to a minimum. Google hopes to see Unicode set a path toward accepting and implementing these proposed emoji by the end of the year.
Unicode Accepts Some Google-Designed Women Emoji
Google today said the Unicode Technical Committee, the organization that oversees the development of emoji, has agreed to add some of the professional women emoji Google proposed earlier this year. Specifically, Unicode will add 11 (of the 13 suggested) professional female emoji in all skin colors.
Unicode 10 Adds 56 New Emoji
The Unicode Consortium this week announced Unicode 10, which includes 56 new emoji characters and four new scripts. Some of the new emoji include facial expressions (raised eyebrow, hand-over-mouth), more men and women (bearded man, woman in head garb), hand symbols, food (dumpling, fortune cookie), clothing items, animals (dinosaurs, bugs), vehicles (flying saucer, sled), and a curling stone.
Facebook Adds More Than 1,500 Emoji to Messenger
Facebook today said it has taken steps to ensure all users of its Messenger application enjoy a rich experience. Moving forward, emoji will appear exactly the same across platforms, including the web, Android, iOS, and Windows.
Android O Adopts New Emoji Design
Android O replaces the squishy emoji blobs that have long been a part of Google's stock operating system with more traditional, circular emoji. Many of Google's handset partners include their own emoji on Android phones, but the clean version of Android that runs on Pixel and Nexus devices includes the blob-style emoji.