250 new emoji could be coming to a phone near you

250 new emoji characters could be headed to a phone near you
By Chuong H Nguyen on 16 Jun 2014 08:06 pm EDT
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The Unicode standard has been updated to add an additional 2,834 new characters, which includes about 250 pictographic symbols, or emoji. This expanded list of new symbols could help to add personality to messaging, such as SMS and MMS, Apple's iMessage, BlackBerry's BBM, Google's Hangouts, and other services.

"This latest version adds the new currency symbols for the Russian ruble and Azerbaijani manat, approximately 250 emoji (pictographic symbols), many other symbols, and 23 new lesser-used and historic scripts, as well as character additions to many existing scripts," Unicode stated in a blog post. "These additions extend support for written languages of North America, China, India, other Asian countries, and Africa."

With emoji, users could communicate using few or little words and still have their passion come through. One such example would be the "Reversed Hand with Middle Finger Extended" emoji that allows you to quickly express your emotion without having to say much.

Unicode 7 emoji characters

While the expanded library of emoji could be coming to the keyboard of your favorite smartphone, how they will look and when that will happen will likely vary. Device manufacturers will need some time to incorporate the icons and design them into the phone. Apple, for one, had previously announced that it would bring more diversity into emoji icons representing to showcase more ethnicities.

Source: Unicode

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250 new emoji could be coming to a phone near you

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Could only be beaten by this one:

   
    
   
  
 

The Berry itself....

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

I'm assuming that's the importance of this announcement. While BlackBerry may support (but not officially implement) emojis used by iOS and/or Android, these emojis and other keyboard icons will be coming straight from Unicode, which is the standard for keyboard inputs.

So to answer your question, I'd assume yes and expect no less given the source of these emojis.

Does any company own any industrial design patents on these images?

I am thinking of the BlackBerry 'splat' for example. I'd hope that BlackBerry would own that one.

PS - I am not talking font for the splat, rather, the red circle around the asterisk....

I'm sure us BlackBerry users can expect to have the new emojis be visible on our devices in 2018, and be able to use them sometime after 2020.

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Reversed Hand with Middle Finger Extended" emoji that allows you to quickly express your emotion without having to say much.

Fatality!

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...aaaand BB10 won't be able to send them or view them in their full glory (black and white just doesn't cut it) so why bother getting worked up about it?

Posted from my TARDIS!

How about we support the emojis first before expanding on them. So far I can only use them in what's app, twitter and snap2chat

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Yeah. All I see are diamond shapes with question marks in them when I get an sms from an iPhone user.

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The most I see in Clash of Clans is rectangles instead of the intended emoji. (mostly from Ipad users btw).

I do hope to be able to decipher that any time soon

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Very cute how we're going back to the stone age where we talk more in symbols than letters / words.

Just give me some shale and a stone wall and I'll pictograph hunters taking down a woolly mammoth ... HAHA

True, who uses wingding on a pc? I can't believe such a big deal is being made about emojis.

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