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

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



Cool #087 is my favorite.

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Dave Hong

Agreed - the BlackBerry splat is classic. :)


I thought it was decided to be called the BlackBerry spark.

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Dave Hong

That's right! Forgot about that decision, way back in January '03 :)

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Could only be beaten by this one:

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The Berry itself....

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Looool reversed hand with middle finger extended

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Read the headline and started heavy breathing.

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Unsupported by BlackBerry, great.


Is there BlackBerry 10 support???

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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.


If BlackBerry 10.4 doesn't have emoji keyboard, I will freak out!

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Live well and prosperity

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Love that one

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I need one of a hand with an extended middle finger...

Cartman says: Screw you guys I'm going home!

Bacon Munchers

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....


Goood but we need favourite list to choose quickly

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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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And for BlackBerry users in the US, between 2057 and 2060

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


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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?

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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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Same from Windows Phone 8 user on Lumia 720....

They need BBM, too!

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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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Raidiza Ihcu

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So dose this mean us blackberry users finally get to have emojis built into the keyboard?

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That's awesome!

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Gord Cluthe

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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Aditya Bhimrajka

Awesome it is

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Will this be cross platform, device?! (Sorry if this has already been answered, asked)


How do you use emojis in apps like iGrann, Instagram, Facebook, etc...?

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