COVID-19: Version 14 of Emojis suffers release delay due to CoronaVirus

Most events and major activities of the world are currently grounded due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Big Tech companies, Sport bodies, Institutions and agencies cancelled major and minor events to observe social distancing – which seems to be the only reason why the infection curve is still at this already awful stage – things could have been worse.

While most companies are working remotely, there is one that doesn’t seem able to continue on full steam – the Unicode Consortium (organization responsible for the development and approval of new emojis).

In a blog post, the organisation announced that the proposed release of March 2021 for the version 14 of Emojis will be delayed by 6 months – to September 2021.

This may not seem like a shocking news. But, it is surely a slight dent in the way we interact online. Though the version 13 and 13.1 emojis are still on schedule for this year, after that, it will be until 2022 to see the next version.

Unicode Consortium is an organization run mainly by volunteers, and as the press release stated, most of the volunteers are preoccupied with effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s just not right to burden people at this stage with the development of our beloved emojis.

Emojis have become an integral part of how we communicate, but thanks to CoronaVirus, they are being delayed.


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