Twitter to Count All Emoji Equally as 2 Characters
Twitter has taken steps to address the inequality of emoji. While many simple emoji require just two characters, others can take up as many as 14. Twitter says this is due to the differences in the way written text emojis are encoded versus more complex emoji that include gender or skin tone. Tweets have a 280-character limit, so some emoji consume more of a potential tweet than others. Twitter wants to be sure all users have plenty of room in tweets for expressing ideas. Moving forward, it will now count all emoji, including those that string together a higher number of characters, as just two characters. Twitter updated its Open Source Library accordingly so app writers can build these changes into their own apps.
Unicode 11 to Include Swappable Hair Styles and Women Heroes
Feb 8, 2018
The emoji that will appear in Unicode 11.0 have been finalized, according to the Unicode Consortium, and new options will be available for hair, skin, and gender. Some 157 new characters are included in Unicode 11.0.
Facebook Adds More Than 1,500 Emoji to Messenger
Jun 1, 2016
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.
Unicode 11 with Dozens of New Emoji Arrives June 5
Jun 1, 2018
New emoji are coming to a phone near you, eventually. Unicode 11.0, which was finalized in February, will be released on June 5, according to Emojipedia.
Samsung Brings Mickey and Minnie Mouse to the Galaxy S9 and S9+ as AR Emoji on Launch Day
Mar 16, 2018
Samsung today said those who buy the Galaxy S9 or S9+ smartphones will have access to classic Disney characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse via the phones' cameras. The pair of mice are brought to life in the S9/S9+ device thanks to Samsung's AR Emoji, which uses the front-facing camera to help people animate characters and more.