Emoji 12.1 blog image Emoji 12.1, with 168 new emoji, has been released. There are 138 new gender-neutral forms, so you will soon be able to text about people without specifying their gender. Thirty new combinations of people holding hands with various skin tones were also added.

The new emoji are listed in Emoji Recently Added v12.1, along with sample images. These images are merely samples: vendors for mobile phones, PCs, and web platforms will typically design their own fonts for emoji. In particular, the Emoji Ordering v12.1 chart shows how the new emoji should be sorted within the order of existing emoji, with new emoji marked with rounded rectangles. The other Emoji Charts for Version 12.1 have been updated to show the emoji.

Initial names and search keywords are available in different languages in Unicode CLDR 36, such as
health worker (doctor, nurse, …). Those will be refined during this quarter.

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The new Emoji 12.1 data is available for vendors to use for their emoji fonts and code. These new emoji should start showing up on mobile phones in this quarter and next quarter. The new emoji will soon be available for adoption to help the Unicode Consortium’s work to support digitally-disadvantaged languages.

Over 136,000 characters are available for adoption, to
help the Unicode Consortium’s work on digitally disadvantaged languages.