Since 2014, Every July 17, World Emoji Day is celebrated 😀😎🤡, those icons that we frequently use in our social networks or messaging applications that help us express a different and unique emotion for certain things or situations.
As time progresses, it seems impossible for us to write a message on these platforms or apps without the use of an emoji, and also, over the years, these have evolved and today we find all kinds and even animated ones.
But, Why is it celebrated on July 17? This date was chosen because it was the emoji used by the first calendar apps 📅. Apple was the first to record, in 2002, using that date in its calendar image.
Emojis are divided into different categories based on their main meaning. According Unicode, the company in charge of approving and dividing them, There are four broad classifications for the most popular emojis: people and human body (1,606) 👫, flags (268), objects (233) 📱 and symbols (217) ☯, but these categories are not the only ones.
Usually, Unicode Releases Icon Updates Many Weeks Before World Emoji Day; However, this year, somewhat due to the pandemic, the company delayed the launch of the Unicode 14.0 standard. for September 😢😥.
In this situation, Google took the initiative to update and redesign about 1,000 of the emojis that we all know so that the date would not go unnoticed.
Basically, the folks at Google made little cosmetic tweaks:
In some, in addition to animation, a night mode is included.
As you will notice, they are the same emojis only now they look much more aesthetic. But there are some other Google changes for World Emoji Day that are more significant. For example, the emoji 😷 looks sad, probably because she is sick. However, most of the people who wear masks today do so to prevent illness, so it was decided to put a twist on their expression:
The kitchen emojis have also undergone modifications. Google sought to make the 🥧 icon more universal, since the previous one looked like a slice of pumpkin pie, which is very popular in the United States but not in other countries.
Similarly, other redesigns look more realistic.
Android 12 will include all of these emojis when it launches this fall 🍁📲. And to make it easier for everyone to see emojis 🧚 no matter how old your phone is or when your message app is updated, starting with Android 12, all Appcompat-compatible apps will automatically get the latest and greatest emoji 📣. Now developers don’t have to write code to display cute baby seals.
Can’t wait till fall? Starting this month, you will be able to send 📩 and receive 📩 emojis in Gmail and Chat without fear of looking broken 💔. Do you have a Chromebook 💻? We’ve got you covered ☔ with a shiny new emoji picker coming this month. Are you watching your favorite creator on YouTube and chatting on live chat 🎮? Send as many emojis 🥺 as you want later this year.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.