The tech giant, Google, has introduced a set of new multi-skin toned handshake emojis to shed light on gender diversity and inclusion. It has launched about 25 new variations of the handshake emoji with different skin tones. So one can change the skin tone of both the left and right hand. The new multi-skin toned handshake emoji should appear in the next release, Emoji 14.0, meaning you should see it by 2022.
As per the latest Google blog post, Jennifer Daniel has approved 25 possible combinations of different skin tones shaking hands emojis. Although the regular, one-tone handshake emoji already existed soon the user can access two new emoji hands (a right hand in all the various skin tone shades and left in the various skin tone shades).
Jennifer Daniel, the company’s creative director for emoji has submitted the paperwork for Unicode to consider the addition of the multi-skin toned handshake. Which includes how 25 possible combinations of different skin tones shaking hands could be created.
Jennifer explained that encoding it all would be time-consuming; creating a new emoji can take up to two years. It’s like a language, with a set of rules that are communicated from a keyboard to a computer so that what you see on your screen looks the way it’s supposed to. This is called binary — or all the ones and zeros behind the scenes that make up everything you see on the internet.
Jennifer further explained that when we want to send a 🤦, which maps to U+1f926, that code point must be understood on the other end regardless of what device the recipient is using. So when one emoji can come in different forms — like with gender or skin tone options — the coding gets more complex.
So to make it less complicated, a subcommittee was created that includes volunteers, all of whom are generous with their expertise and time. The blog post also notes that, first, Jennifer looked at existing emojis to see if there were any that could be combined to generate all 25 skin tone combinations.
These emojis were expected to land on the devices in 2021 but because of COVID-19, all Unicode deployments were delayed six months. But now these should appear in the next release, Emoji 14.0, meaning you should see it appear in 2022 in a smartphone near you.
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