Unicode 14.0 should have been released in March 2021, but due to the current Corona crisis, nothing will come out for now.
Anyone who deals a bit with the entire infrastructure behind emojis knows that the largely voluntary Unicode Consortium is responsible for this. As a result of the crown crisis, all emojis that would contain Unicode 14.0 will be postponed for 6 months. However, current circumstances do not affect the release of the new emojis planned for this fall as part of Unicode 13.0.
Due to COVID-19, the Unicode Consortium decided to postpone the release of version 14.0 of the Unicode standard for 6 months, from March to September 2021. This delay will also affect specifications and related data, such as new emoji characters.
Unicode 13.0: emojis are not affected this year
As the standard digital work Emojipedia explains on its blog, Unicode 14.0 would appear in March 2021. In the second half, the new emojis would have been integrated into platforms such as Android, iOS, and Windows. However, Unicode 14.0 will be released now in September 2021, which is why the integration is postponed until the end of 2021, most likely until the beginning of 2022.
Older emojis are probably even older than previously assumed.
Unicode 13.1: will an intermediate version come as a compromise?
The Unicode Consortium is currently considering the release of a version 13.1. This then would not contain completely new emojis, but the so-called sequences. Sequences are compositions of existing emojs, such as 🏳 + 🌈 = 🏳️🌈. They don’t need a completely new Unicode version and could appear on mobile devices starting in 2021.
Since the sequences are based only on existing character combinations in the Unicode standard, they can be implemented on a separate schedule and do not require a new version of Unicode or the encoding of new characters. Such a release of Emoji 13.1 would be in time for its release on mobile phones in 2021.
📝 Now approved: 117 new emojis for 2020 # Emoji2020 https://t.co/SojQuXZvv6 pic.twitter.com/sHp7GDsSal
– Emojipedia 📙 (@Emojipedia) January 29, 2020
Until September 1 of this year, the emoji subcommittee will continue to accept proposals for Unicode 14.0, which will finally land on smartphones and company in 2022.
The Emoji Subcommittee will accept new emoji character proposals for Emoji 14.0 from June 15, 2020 through September 1, 2020. Any new emoji characters incorporated into Emoji 14.0 would appear on phones and other devices in 2022.