Red-haired and bald faces, superheroes, a mosquito, a kangaroo, or a pirate flag. The set of 157 new emojis announced earlier this year will be available from Monday for smartphone users.
The Unicode Consortium, which deals with emojis, announced this last weekend. Both for Android and for Apple's iOS, the list of new characters, animals and symbols will be available on Monday.
A total of 157 new emojis are added, bringing the total to 2823. Every year the Unicode Consortium issues an update of new emojis. The new set goes through life as Version 11.0.
The launch does not mean that smartphone users will automatically have access to the new set of emoji's from Monday. Apple, Google, Samsung, Microsoft and other tech companies all have different time schedules for this. Usually they are available at a new major software update.
Software companies do not have to copy the emoji exactly. They often look different in every operating system. Also, not all 157 figures and symbols need to be adopted. Google may choose to omit certain copies.
By coincidence, the release date coincides with Apple's annual conference for software developers WWDC. It seems likely that the tech company will show how the new emojis in the upcoming version of iOS will look like.
The Unicode Consortium is a non-profit institution that monitors the text standards on computers worldwide. Member are the most important computer and software companies, including IBM, Apple, Google, Facebook, Adobe, Oracle and Huawei. The organization is based in Mountain View, under San Francisco. Google also has its headquarters in this Silicon Valley town.