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51 new emojis approved for smartphones

The new emojis will appear on smartphone keyboards after tech companies include those in their coming operating systems.

Aiming at diversification, the Unicode Consortium on Thursday approved 51 new playful images for emoji keyboards found on the world’s smartphones. The new emojis include a woman breastfeeding a baby, a woman wearing a hijab and a “gender-inclusive” child, adult and older adult.

Among the other emojis that will be released in 2017 are: a face vomiting, a head exploding and a man and woman practising yoga, The Guardian has reported.

The secretive Silicon Valley group said it received more than 150 applications for new emojis to be included in Unicode 10, the latest version of the character set.

People have been increasingly using emojis in texts and social-media posts, but according to linguists, people no longer simply swap out language in sentences—a picture of a house instead of the word “home,” for example. Instead, they are choosing images that represent their emotions and identities in an effort to feel more included in digital communication.

Unicode’s Emoji Subcommittee requires submissions to be easily recognisable and open to interpretation. The group sends suggestions to Unicode’s technical committee, which votes on the final set.

Technology companies such as Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google ultimately decide which emojis to include and what they will look like. Apple, for example, chose to represent the gun emoji in iOS as a toy squirt gun. The same emoji on Android devices appears as a handgun.

The new emojis will appear on smartphone keyboards after tech companies include those in their coming operating systems.

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