No new emoji will be coming out next year because of knock-on effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Unicode Consortium, a nonprofit responsible for releasing standardized sets of emoji for Android and iOS, says it is postponing submissions of emoji for its 14.0 release by six months.
Still, 117 new emoji are already scheduled to come to phones this year.
The nonprofit that releases standardized sets of emoji for Android and iOS on Wednesday said it had been postponing the discharge of its next set of standards by six months to September 2021.
The delay will affect “related specifications and data, like new emoji characters,” the Unicode Consortium said.
As Unicode explained in its post, emoji that are approved by the consortium in January generally don’t make it onto phones until about September. The new six-month delay pegs the deadline for Unicode 14.0 emoji submissions to September 2021 — meaning approved new emoji won’t see the sunshine of day until 2022.
“Under the present circumstances we’ve heard that our contributors have tons on their plates at the instant and decided it had been within the best interests of our volunteers and therefore the organizations that depend upon the quality to obtrude our release date,” the consortium’s president, Mark Davis, said during a statement. “This year we simply can’t plan to an equivalent schedule we’ve adhered to within the past.”
Jeremy Burge, an emoji historian who is that the head of Emojipedia, tweeted that while no new emoji had officially been allocated for 14.0, provisional candidates included “crow,” “cooking pot,” and “finger heart.”
The Consortium said there might be a limited release of latest emoji supported those already released in 13.0, but this is not certain.
Still, 117 new emoji are coming to phones later this year as a part of Unicode’s 13.0 standard, which gained approval in January.
New emoji on the way for 2020 include bubble tea, the transgender flag, and a northern mammoth . These emoji are likely to start out appearing on phones within the last half of this year.