Apple introduces gender diversity and removes the emoji gun for iOS 10

The American company replaces firearms by water pistols and adds female athletes to “ensure that emojis reflect the diversity of people in society everywhere”.

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In order to avoid hurt feelings and as a result of several recent incidents in which have been around firearms, Apple has decided to withdraw its smiley-shaped gun and replaced it with a watergun in the new collection of its emojis which will be part of the next version of the operating system for mobile devices on iOS 10, which will arrive in September with the next iPhone model, which presumably will be called iPhone 7.

In addition to this water gun, the technology company presented the hundred new emoji to be incorporated in the software update, which will highlight mainly a greater variety of gender and racial diversity as Black people will be added in its catalogue.

A rainbow flag used to defend the rights of homosexuals, female athletes and single parent families, among other new features will be included. The emojis are standardised illustrations used as a new form of communication in different chat applications and services, in emails or on platforms like Twitter. In this case, iOS 10 will have a hundred new and redesigned characters.

To do this, Apple has confirmed that it is working with the Unicode Consortium, a group that is responsible for updating the platform to “ensure that emojis reflect the diversity of people in society and everywhere.”

 

Google gets more emoji of women to achieve greater gender equality

The Mountain View have managed to get the Unicode Consortium to extend the catalog with 11 new professionals emoticons, both in male and female version, and with all skin tones.

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Google proposed in May this year to change the landscape of emoticons. The Mountain View company have realised that we are used to seeing this kind of Emoji:

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It is an exclusively male professional reference. However, as Google points out in his blog, women’s representation is, briefly, this:

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“More than 90 percent of the world’s population uses emoticons. However, although there is a huge range of emojis, there isn’t diversity in the careers of women”, says Google. The company believes that female representation is not adequate and, therefore, made contact with the Unicode Consortium two months ago. The result? There will be 11 new emoticons that represent gender equality in the workplace.

“We have been working to improve things,” says the company, which proposed the new emojis representing a wide range of professions, both for women and men, reflecting the roles of the women in the world .

“The Unicode Consortium has agreed to add 11 new profession emojis, in both options (male and female) and all skin tones. These are more than 100 new choices”, says the Mountain View. These professions are: farmer, welder, mechanic, doctor, scientist, technician, executive, chef, student, teacher and rock star.

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However that is not all from Google. The Consortium is also working on adding and male and female versions of 33 emoticons that already exist, such as the barber.

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“These new emojis are the result of one of several efforts we are making to represent women better in technology,” says Google.

WhatsApp will have 72 new “emojis”

They will be available from the 21st of June for Android (Google), Apple and Microsoft.

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Credit: Emojipedia

 

On the 21st of June, WhatsApp users can improve their communication with new emoticons or emojis. Those who are pregnant, for example, no longer have to type it out to let everyone know. Now it will be enough to put in your group of friends the new “emoji” of the pregnant woman. But what if there is a liar in that group of friends? Sure will get called out with Pinocchio’s nose, the other “emoji” you can enjoy this summer.

The black heart, bat, crossing fingers, a handshake or an spanish paella are just some of the innovations to be launched with the new Unicode 9.0. The fan favourite seems to be the expected and highly acclaimed AVOCADO!!

Of course, there will be some action emojis like the “selfie” one.

The Unicode Consortium, the company responsible for implementing all about the “emoji” fever has stated that although the date of approval for the Unicode 9.0 is on the 21ts, it does not mean that users can use the new emoticons the same day. It actually means that from that day Apple, Google and Microsoft are already able to start including these new features for the users to start enjoying.

It was late 2015 when the candidates were announced to be launched this month. Then, it was known that the “selfie”, the pregnant woman or the (late night) kebab, which is also included, could have their own representations.