There’s good news for all those avid WhatsApp users as 59 new emoji — 230 if you count all of the gender and skin tone variations – will be coming to your smartphone this year. Unicode Consortium, the organisation that approves and standardises emojis, has approved them for platforms such as iOS and Android. There is no doubt that these emojis lean heavily towards inclusion and diversity.
There are over 70 emojis in which two people holding hands are shown depicting people of all genders and skin tones. Some of these emojis are also for gender-neutral people. Moreover, the new lot also has emojis for differently-abled people depicting wheelchair-bound, blind, deaf or hearing impaired, and people with artificial limbs.
And there are also some that are India-centric. The new batch includes an autorickshaw emoji, an emoji for saris, a garlic, diyas (earthen lamps), among others. Clearly, Indians are pretty excited to use them.
And as expected social media in India is abuzz with all these new additions and there are already plenty of jokes of course. So take a look at some of them:
This is one of the emoji dedicated to food. There was no surprise that there was a funny side of it.
The momo addict in me saw this as a momo https://t.co/fOh2ptGgxN
— Harish Iyengaar (@scaryhairyman) February 7, 2019
Jains won’t be able to use this emoji https://t.co/MipdmchwaV
— SAGAR (@sagarcasm) February 7, 2019
Lehsun aa Gaya ab is ke sath use hone wale word ka bhi emoji ana Chahiye. https://t.co/S66uQmQ7wz
— Shah Rukh (@iamShah__Rukh) February 7, 2019
There are also new clothing emojis, including a one-piece swimsuit, a sari, and a safety vest. However, as per the netizens, it was way beyond an actual sari looks like. Take a look at these reactions:
Sari, but not sari. Isn’t this just a kameez with dupatta? https://t.co/xefciQRyG2
— Ishan Manjrekar 🎲 📸 🐾 🌍 (@IshanManjrekar) February 8, 2019
This is towel on my frock.. not sari.. ffs.. https://t.co/RYxSRjcGmR
— VDI (@Weedso_0) February 8, 2019
if this is sari i am priyanka chopra https://t.co/JhuceV7tIV
— a. (@ablazewithblue) February 7, 2019
There is no doubt that an auto-rickshaw is omnipresent all across India. However, given that most are irked by the behaviour of rickshaw drivers, many tweeted hilariously. See these:
This emoji will never be sent. Everytime you want to send it, it will just not go https://t.co/3pQliYYNjI
— Noel (@hape_go_lueke) February 7, 2019
Mumbaikar who want to travel anything less than 3kms won’t be able to use this emoji. https://t.co/8h1sVf0h3x
— Sumedh Deshmukh (@Suumo_o) February 8, 2019
Tried to send this emoji, it said CNG bharwana hai 🤣🤣 https://t.co/vF9c8jodLf
— Amrita Kesari (@iamamritakesari) February 8, 2019
As part of Emoji 12.0 release, these emojis are likely roll out to users in September or October. Despite the fact that there has been a big push to add more inclusive emojis, many feel Unicode Consortium could do more.