Unicode, a consortium responsible for the standardization and regulation of emojis, released last Wednesday (29) the list with more than 100 new faces for 2020. The Emoji 13.0 update brings a series of news and, among the main highlights, is the transgender pride flag. The 62 new designs bring different animals, insects, objects and foods, in addition to more than 55 variations of skin tones and gender, increasing inclusiveness and diversity in the faces.
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Still, emojis carry different meanings and interpretations. Check, in the list below, the main curiosities about the updates and the meanings of emojis on Android and iPhone (iOS) phones.
List brings six things you don't know about cell phone emojis Photo: Carolina Ochsendorf / TechTudo
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1. New emoji has "mysterious" meaning
'Placard', new emoji for 2020, has a curious meaning Photo: Reproduo / Emojipedia
One of the emojis published in the 2020 catalog has attracted attention and aroused curiosity regarding its true meaning. Some netizens said they could read the messages in English "eat over","eat on"or"carry on"But what is really written? The meaning of the" placard "figure is unclear, and its name in free translation would be just" poster ". It is worth remembering that emojis are usually just symbolisms, and their interpretations vary from user to user.
2. Blood drop emoji brings double meaning
Blood drop emoji has double meaning Photo: Reproduo / Emojipedia
Emojipedia, a platform that references and standardizes the list of emojis available for each update, suggests that the drop of blood emoji has a double meaning. Launched in the 2019 Emoji update of 2019, the drop of blood raises awareness of blood donation and was part of a campaign against the stigma surrounding menstruation.
The emoji is the result of a campaign carried out by the Institution Plan International UK, which tries to end the taboo about menstruation. The institution had previously submitted a Unicode figurine idea, symbolized by an emoji in a white panties with blood stains, but it was rejected.
3. Companies like Microsoft, Google and Apple can suggest stickers
Companies like Microsoft, Google and Apple can suggest emojis Photo: Reproduo / Unicode
Able to illustrate the dialogue, emojis are increasingly present in the daily lives of users. However, some companies seek to make them more and more inclusive, covering the great diversity of consumers who use their services. It is common for Google, Apple and Microsoft to make suggestions for new Unicode emojis, which, after being analyzed by different committees, gain a design and are made available in updates.
the case of emojis for people with disabilities, made available in the Emoji 12.0 update. Suggested by Apple, the stickers bring men and women in wheelchairs, people with hearing and visual impairments and emojis with arms and legs with protein.
4. Process of elaboration and application of laborious emojis
The Unicode consortium that deals with the standardization of emojis is the whole process carried out by them, from the analysis of the suggestion to the release of the faces in the updates that it makes available. If you want to send a suggestion, just contact the company by email, send a prototype of your emoji design and explain the reasons for the creation. The company usually takes approximately one year to verify that the proposal is valid.
In the first three months after sending the suggestion, a Unicode committee analyzes the proposal, making an initial screening that usually disapproves the majority. If the emoji is approved, universal coding should take another three months. Then, companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Facebook and Twitter have access to lists of candidate designs to form the new group of emojis. Finally, a name and the final design of each sticker are established.
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5. Brazilians have already supported a capybara emoji
The proposal for a capybara emoji was sent in 2018 by a professor from the medical course at the University of So Paulo (USP). The idea came from the practice of rowing classes, since there were more than 40 capybaras in the place where she trained.
After searching in vain for a figurine representing the animal on WhatsApp, the teacher sent an email to the messenger suggesting its creation. The company merely responded that it does not take care of the creation of emojis, which motivated the Brazilian to make a formal Unicode order. To date, however, there has been no success.
6. The look of emojis may vary from system to system
The faces have become increasingly similar Photo: Reproduction / Emojipedia
It is common for the designs assigned to each emoji to vary depending on the operating system, as each is responsible for assigning a specific design to each sticker. Apple's emojis are not the same as Google's, which are not the same as Microsoft's, in turn.
For this reason, focusing on avoiding confusion with the interpretations left by the emojis, companies have been working in order to better adapt their stickers, which have shown to be more similar, compared to those made available in previous years.
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