Emoji is always a great incentive for people to update their phone. Android 11 just introduced 62 characters, but Google already has its designs ready for the new emoji that comes with Unicode 13.1.
Considering the .x nature of this version, there are only five completely new emoji characters, all categorized as smiles and emotions:
- Face in the clouds
- Expiring face
- Face with spiral eyes
- Heart on fire
- Repair the heart
Meanwhile, Unicode 13.1 introduces gender and skin tone variations for the emoji below. They all exist today, but with just the default look and little customization. There are just over 200 new combinations in total.
- Kiss: woman, man
- Kiss: man, man
- Kiss: woman, woman
- Couple with heart: woman, man
- Couple with heart: man, man
- Couple with heart: woman, woman
Google’s variants were released online today, but have not been used on any phones. Considering the very recent launch of Android 11 earlier this month, it’s unclear when Unicode 13.1 emoji will arrive. For Google devices, Unicode 12.1 (as of May 2019) arrived with the Pixel Feature Drop in March. Today’s new characters could follow a similar launch in the coming months as part of a security patch or the next major release.
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