Unicode 9 is official: Here’s what it contains

By: Vamien McKalin
2 minute read

Few days ago, the Unicode Consortium went ahead and made Unicode 9 official. This new version of Unicode adds exactly 7,500 new characters, bringing the number to an astounding 128,172.

Interestingly enough, 72 of the new characters are emoji. We can’t say we’re impressed with what we have seen of the new emoji, but having an extra 72 little images to send family and friends is better than nothing at all.

The Consortium also added a script for lesser-used languages from around the world. Here’s the list:

  • Osage, a Native American language
  • Nepal Bhasa, a language of Nepal
  • Fulani and other African languages
  • The Bravanese dialect of Swahili, used in Somalia
  • The Warsh orthography for Arabic, used in North and West Africa
  • Tangut, a major historic script of China

If you want to see the extra 72 new emojis, check out the video below:

Now, if you’re a person with a 4K TV, then you’ll be glad to know that 19 new television symbols have been added. Folks without a 4K capable TV will not be able to take advantage of these symbols, but who cares? 4K is expensive and most consumers do not have much use for it right now.

Another thing, are you tired of typing out ‘ROTFL’ on the regular? Worry not, there’s an emoji for that. Shouldn’t be too hard to spot from the above image with new 72.

So far, users are satisfied with the new emojis, and suggested other emojis should be added as well such as: black nails, a pink flamingo, a giraffe and a llama.

Visit the website of the Unicode Consortium for more information on Unicode 9.

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