The Unicode Alliance announced today that it has delayed the release of 14.0 due to COVID-19, citing “too long a developer’s preparation time to add Emoji to the phone.”
This means that the new emojis in the 14th edition won’t be available on the major platforms until 2022, not 2021. The new emoji, which typically lands on iOS and Android platforms in the fall, was delayed by six months and is likely to be delayed from autumn 2021 to spring 2022.
The new emoji in Emoji 14.0 has not yet been finalized, so the deadline for submitting the new proposal has been pushed back to September this year.
Since it takes some time for developers to add emoji to their phones, the emoji, which was finalized in January, won’t appear on the phone until around September. For example, emojis in the March 2020 version will not appear on mobile phones until the fall of 2020. With the release time of Unicode 14.0 being delayed, the deadline for submitting a new emoji 14.0 emoji proposal has also been postponed to September 2020.
So far, the Unicode Alliance has finalized 117 new emojis as part of the Emoji 13.0 version, which will hit major platforms this year. These new emojis include “Italian Hand,” ninjas, transgender flags, dissection of body parts, tearful smiley faces, camouflaged faces, new animals, food, parents feeding babies, and more.
We can expect, that the release of Emoji 13.0 will not be delayed and that these updates will arrive sometime this fall.