Even Emojis Are Delayed Due to Coronavirus

Volunteers are overwhelmed with the pandemic

With the current pandemic, even the volunteers that help the Unicode Consortium put out a new list of emojis is feeling overwhelmed.

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The Unicode Consortium, the largely volunteer group behind regular emoji releases and updates, has decided to push the planned 14.0 release of new emojis from March 2021 to September 2021.

What they say: “Under the current circumstances we’ve heard that our contributors have a lot on their plates at the moment and decided it was in the best interests of our volunteers and the organizations that depend on the standard to push out our release date,” consortium president Mark Davis said in the blog post. “This year we simply can’t commit to the same schedule we’ve adhered to in the past.”

Planning ahead: Emojis are generally approved and set for release six months ahead of time. For example, the just-announced Emoji 13.0 release was approved in January and won't show up on our phones until September.

Still happening: The Consortium is accepting new emoji proposals for the 14.0 release from June 15, 2020 to September 1, 2020. Other Unicode projects will maintain their six month cycles this spring and fall, "although the feature sets this year may be lighter," said the blog post.

Via: The Verge

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