To celebrate World Emoji Day, we are pleased to introduce you to the latest slew of emojis.
The following emojis were released on 5 June 2018, which was the date that companies could start adding them to all compatible devices. If you can’t see the new emojis yet, you will soon.
That is, unless you own an old phone.
In which case, the introduction of new emojis really only means that incoming messages from your tech-forward friends will feature even more of the following:
For those not privileged with old-phone ownership, this ‘alien’ emoji pops up on pre-iOS 8.3 iPhones when it doesn’t recognise emojis sent from newer models.
For the record, I own an iPhone 4 which hasn’t been updated since, well, ever. So I’ve been receiving the alien emojis for some time now.
However, that doesn’t mean I can’t experience vicarious joy over fun new stuff for other people.
Here are some of my favourite new emojis for 2018.
Smiling Face with 3 Hearts
To express how hopelessly in love I am on my iPhone 4, I’m currently limited to an air kiss, a blush, or having hearts for eyes. Talk about emotionally-stunted.
This adorable and super-romantic new emoji is aptly named ‘Smiling Face with 3 Hearts’ (plus, apparently, an extra heart for good measure – who says romance is dead?).
But now I’m worried. How many declarations of undying love will I miss because of my out-of-date phone?
OK, yes, those honeyed words should be enough to convey the sender’s utter devotion to me. But as we all know, sometimes words just ain’t enough. As a wise man once said, “A Smiling Face with 3 Hearts (+1) emoji paints a thousand words.”
Face With Uneven Eyes and Wavy Mouth (aka Drunk Face)
I would love to have this emoji at my disposal as it perfectly conveys to my loved ones how I look upon waking up each morning. Better yet if it’s attributed to a raging social life (as opposed to staying up too late watching Walker, Texas Ranger).
Face with Pleading Eyes
I’m a sucker for the cute pleading face (in emojis and in real life), so this one is particularly dangerous.
That’s where having an old phone can come in handy – if only to spare me from emotional manipulation.
For example, if I were to upgrade my phone and receive the following message…
Mummy, can we please go to the lolly shop after school?
…I would have no choice but to tearfully acquiesce to my child’s desperate pleas.
Whereas, if i kept my phone as is and received the following…
…I would heartlessly flick past it without a second thought.
It’s great to see a growing diversity of animals in the emoji repertoire.
Given that I’m notoriously bad at identifying animals, this also helps me distinguish a llama from an alpaca from a goat from a big furry camel (yes, I’m really that bad).
Still on increasing animal diversity, this one warms my true blue heart.
DNA Double Helix
This one warms my geeky heart.
And this one warms by bargain-loving heart.
The perfect emoji for those days we feel like superheroes.
The perfect emoji for those days we feel like super villains.
Though i’m having trouble working out what sets this emoji apart from the Superhero one. If it’s messier hair and a penchant for the colour purple, then I’m definitely a Super Villain.
Roll of Paper
Because why not?
Controversially, there is no emoji for the toilet paper being oriented the other way, which will potentially horrify the 28% of the population who prefer it to roll ‘under’ (yes, someone did a survey on this).
Nazar Amulet AKA Evil Eye
I’m glad I know the name of this one, otherwise I’d mistake it for a wonky dartboard. (Like with animal ID, my Evil Eye identification skills are also out of whack).
Unfortunately, for those wishing to send me the Evil Eye, be warned that my decrepit old phone will only display this…
…and therefore I will remain blissfully unaware that you want me dead.
Redheads can celebrate finally being represented in emoji-land!
There is also more diversity in skin tones and hair styles.
Sadly, my xenophobic, fuddy-duddy phone struggles to embrace change and will convert my beautiful ginger friends into – you guessed it – aliens:
Perhaps it’s time for a new phone…
The above images were sourced from Emojipedia.