Say hello to the 56 new emojis coming this year.
It’s that time of year when the latest smileys, characters and animals are added to your smartphone. 56 new emoji have been confirmed ahead of updates to Android and iOS operating systems.
Some of this year’s most-anticipated and interesting emoji have included a T-Rex, a bearded face, a breast-feeding woman, a woman in a headscarf and gender-neutral faces.
More than 6 billion emojis are sent every day, according to a 2016 report, and they appear in every form, on billboards, in movies and on clothes.
Emoji originated in Japan but have now become a universal language across the world. That’s where the Unicode Consortium comes in — they are the group responsible for making sure that all words and images are read the same on any device in any part of the world. And they control what emojis get made and added to your phone.
“It’s not like the Supreme Court, they’re not going off into some star chamber in robes or anything. It’s not like that at all,” Greg Welch, a member of the consortium, told NBC News.