The Unicode Consortium has officially announced the approval of the Emoji 15.1 standard. This latest update includes a total of 118 new emojis that will be available on various devices and platforms starting next year.
Among the new additions are 6 new objects, including a phoenix, a green lime, a brown mushroom, a broken chain, a mirror, and a pause button. Additionally, 4 new gender-neutral family emojis have been introduced, including adult-adult-child, adult-child-child, adult-child, and adult-adult-child-child.
Furthermore, 6 existing emojis now have a right-facing variant. These include a walking person, a running person, a kneeling person, a person with a cane, a person in a wheelchair, and a person in an electric wheelchair. With the combination of different genders and skin tones, these additions bring the total number of emojis in this update to 108.
In addition to emojis, Unicode 15.1 also adds 627 new characters, bringing the total number of characters in the Unicode standard to 149,813. The majority of these new characters are CJK (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) Unified Ideographs, which are included to support the GB 18030 standard used in China.
TLDR: The Unicode Consortium has approved the Emoji 15.1 standard, which introduces 118 new emojis, including objects, family options, and right-facing variants. This update also adds 627 new characters, primarily CJK Unified Ideographs, expanding the total character count to 149,813.