Google states that, as of Android Q, any Emoji that doesn’t have a gender specified in its Unicode documentation will default to a “gender ambiguous design”.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on July 17, 2019

Apple and Google will make almost 60 new Emoji designs available with a free software update, the companies announced on World Emoji Day.

Apple and Google are giving a facelift to their handholding couple Emojis so that your Emoji people can hold hands with whomever you please, regardless of gender or skin tone.

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Google also states that, as of Android Q, any Emoji that doesn’t have a gender specified in its Unicode documentation — Emoji like ‘police officer’ or ‘person getting haircut’ and 51 others — will now default to a “gender ambiguous design”. You’ll be able to press-and-hold your emoji of choice and select a ‘male’ or ‘female’ presentation if you wish.

“Following Apple’s proposal to the Unicode Consortium last year to introduce more disability-themed emoji, a new guide dog, an ear with a hearing aid, wheelchairs, a prosthetic arm and a prosthetic leg will be available in the emoji keyboard. Celebrating diversity in all its many forms is integral to Apple’s values and these new options help fill a significant gap in the emoji keyboard,” said the company in a statement.

The accessibility-focused emojis - a person with a white cane,  a guide dog, a prosthetic arm and a child in a wheelchair.
Acessibility-focused emojis – a person with a white cane, a guide dog, a prosthetic arm, and a child in a wheelchair.

Both Apple and Google will have emojis signalling hearing aid, the ASL sign for “deaf”, the wheelchair and the prosthetic leg.
Both Apple and Google will have emojis signalling hearing aid, the ASL sign for ‘deaf’, the wheelchair and the prosthetic leg

There are also lots of other emojis, from animals to axes and everything in between.

The yawn, which will because a favourite within seconds, and clothing.
The yawn, which will because a favourite within seconds, and clothing.

Then there’s the new food.

Emojis for waffles, falafels, butter and garlic.
Emojis for waffles, falafels, butter and garlic.

There are always new animals.

New emojis for animals. The pink flamingo is the best to us.

And activity emojis always put a smile on your face.

Activity emojis are always fun.
Activity emojis are always fun.

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