Unicode spends months evaluating new emoji proposals, which are often submitted by tech employees as well as ordinary users. Since today's the world emoji day, both Apple and Google have chose to use this special day for launching a new bunch of emojis.
On top of that, some emojis will now feature a default, "gender-ambiguous" person instead of a man or woman, a Google rep said.
There's also a vote to decide the Best New Emoji, the Most Anticipated Emoji, Excellence in Emoji Use and which emoji best represents the current year as Emoji of the Year.
New animals and food are also being released, including a sloth, flamingo, waffles and a plate of falafel and houmous, and there will also be a yawning emoji. Users will still have the option to tap and hold on them to choose between male and female.
For instance, it plans to release disability-themed emoji with prosthetic limbs and even a guide dog. Apple also unveiled prosthetic arm and leg emoji. "These kinds of design decisions can reinforce gender stereotypes", emoji creative director Jennifer Daniel wrote in a blog post.
Apple and Google are both expected to launch their own interpretations of this year's characters later this year for iOS 13 and Android Q, respectively. In fact, 65% of respondents are more comfortable expressing their feelings with emojis than they would be over a telephone call.
Did you know that today is world emoji day?
Then there's a waffle emoji for when you have cravings... However, this form of communication is about to expand with few more emojis. In that document, Apple suggested the inclusion of numerous newly added designs.
Just look at that otter's smiley little face.