Coronavirus could push back the creation and release of new emojis for your phone.
According to the Unicode Consortium, essentially the emoji HQ, COVID-19 has been causing issues for emoji creators.
President of the Consortium, Mark Davis, said: “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.”
This implies the new batch of emojis expected for 2021 won’t be coming out until 2022.
However, it’s not all bad news as the Unicode Standard Version 13.0 announced earlier this year is expected to be adopted later in 2020 and brings
with it some interesting icons.
These icons include a ninja, a trans flag, people feeding a baby and bubble tea.
This update will also add more gender-inclusive designs.
It was finalized in January so was unaffected by the current global pandemic.
The website Emojipedia, which is part of the Unicode Consortium and details icons found in updates, said: “The 117 new emojis form part of Emoji 13.0 and will come to most platforms in the second half of 2020.”
Companies including Apple, Google and Microsoft will apply stylized versions of the designs to their own operating systems.
Plans for Unicode 14.0 were not so fortunate and the delay of its release means proposals for Emoji 14.0 will be pushed back to September 2020.
Then it’s looking like we won’t be able to use the emojis decided upon until 2022.