It isn’t simply occasions and product releases being delayed as a result of influence of coronavirus. Clearly, human lives are at stake too, however virtually as importantly, the emoji are additionally being affected. The Unicode Consortium has simply determined to postpone the discharge of v14.zero of the Unicode customary for six months, upon which a future spherical of Emoji is about to be based mostly.
Since Unicode V14.zero hasn’t been revealed but (in reality, it hasn’t opened submissions but), we do not know which emoji this can delay, although there’s sufficient of a buffer within the course of that Android will not be affected for some time. We solely simply acquired the brand new Emoji 12.1 characters, and we’re nonetheless ready on Emoji 13.zero to land with Android 11. So whereas there will not be any speedy influence, this may end in an emoji delay for a future Android launch.
The deadline for submissions to the Emoji 14.zero customary can be being pushed out till September 2020, and it is mulling over the thought of an interim Emoji 13.1 launch that expands on present characters.
The Unicode Consortium hesitates to instantly state that the delay is as a result of influence of the coronavirus, however the announcement is obvious that it is a results of contributors having “So much on their plates in the intervening time” because of present circumstances. Within the phrases of Mark Davis, President of the group: “This yr we merely can’t decide to the identical schedule we’ve adhered to up to now.” Which will imply an additional look ahead to us someday within the subsequent yr or two earlier than we get whichever new emoji find yourself included within the Unicode 14.zero customary.