Whether you are a fan or not, emojis have become a global phenomenon, giving mobile users the ability to express their thoughts and feelings through visual representations. While the first use of emoticons dates back to the early typewriter days, emojis have only really become globally accepted in the past 10 years.
Using pictograms to express words and emotions is not a new concept. In fact, we can argue that the ancient Egyptians were masters in the field. In modern times, the arrival of the smartphone created the opportunity to expand on text-based emoticons. Instead of having a colon followed by a dash and a bracket to signify a smiley face, a user could actually insert a picture of the iconic round yellow face with a broad smile.
The Evolution of Emoticons
This graphical transition to coloured images created an entire new generation of emoticons, which are now lovingly called emojis. As with their predecessors, emojis are designed to be used to express concepts, emotions, words and ideas using a single image. For example, instead of saying “everything is great” a person can send an image of the “thumbs up” emoji. Similarly, if a person is feeling sick, they can send an image of a green faced smiley with sad weeping eyes.
Available on Android and iOS mobile devices, emojis have become more than just a means of communication. Initially, emojis were created as a means to enhance a text conversation or deliver short conceptional messages. Today, emojis have become a type of sub-langue with subtle combinations delivering entire messages that can be interpreted in different ways.
The way emojis are being used by the younger generation is bordering on the creation of an entirely new pictorial language. As it is, text messages are getting shorter with words being shorted and cut into informal uses. It is not uncommon to find messages with two or three words and seven or eight emojis to convey an entire complicated message.
The use of emojis has grown to the point that they infiltrated other aspects of modern culture. Already we have seen the arrival of two different emoji-based online casino games. There was also the release of the emoji movie and production of subsequent merchandise. Today it is possible to customise t-shirts, mugs, pillows and bedspreads with your favourite emoji character.
The Launch of Emoji 11.0
With all the hype surrounding the emoji culture, it is no wonder then that mobile users celebrated the announcement that 157 new emojis that will be released later on this year. While there are already over 2000 current emojis available, the addition of 157 more is an exciting prospect for many. Officially launched under the banner of Emoji 11.0, the list of approved images was reviewed late last year, and has been published by the Unicode Consortium.
According to reports, Emoji 11.0 is scheduled to launch somewhere around August or September 2018. While the numbering may seem like a bit of jump, it is mainly to fall into line of the Unicode standard. So what can users expect in this new batch of Emojis? The six main emojis will include a new hot face, a cold face, a pleading face, party face, love face and confused face. Sadly, there are still not many casino-themed emojis, and no new ones are included in the 11.0 release, but users can still rely on old favourites like the dice and slots machine.
In the new release there will also be new emojis depicting men and woman with red hair, white hair and black hair. These will be available in a variety of skin tones, and there are a range of bald men and women too. A great new addition is the arrival of the superhero and super villain men and woman, available in a variety of skin tones. A few new animals will be added, including a Rhino, Kangaroo, Lama and Lobster, and users will welcome the arrival of images like the pirate flag, the DNA helix, the infinity sign and cupcake. With plenty more images on hand, users can express themselves with even more efficiency come the end of the year.