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    Jun 21, 2017
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    The 56 new emoji are now ready for primetime

    56 new characters are officially ready to make their debut. But that doesn't mean the wait is over just yet, as it will take some time before companies will make the update available.

    Unicode, the organization that oversees the creation of new emoji, released the latest version of its Unicode Standard, which includes support for the new emoji as well as thousands of other characters.

    The list of the 56 new characters (183 when you account for gender and skin tone variations) had previously been finalized back in March, but Unicode hadn't made the update available until now. 

    New face symbols in the Android O preview.

    As we previously detailed, the new emoji set includes a number of highly anticipated symbols. 
    There are nine new "face" (ie: smiley) emoji, including "exploding head," "face with symbols," and "face vomiting." There are also new animals (hello, cricket and giraffe), food items (what up, pretzel, coconut and broccoli), and 14 new "fantasy" characters (witches, wizards, mermaids, elves and the like). 

    Also included: the hijab emoji first proposed by a 15-year-old girl and a breastfeeding emoji. You can check out the full list of all the new emoji over at Emojipedia

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