Mar 28 2014, 6:40pm CDT | by Gene Ryan Briones
Emojis, ideograms previously used in Japanese electronics messages, are becoming more popular nowadays as more people turn to their mobile devices to communicate. In the case of Apple's iPhone and iPad, emoji addicts are finally realizing that these smileys are rather limited.
Apple already has a considerable amount of emojis. There's a bunch of smileys to choose from, as well as people icons and animals. There are also flowers, hearts, planets, and fruits. But for some, that is not enough.
Miley Cyrus, for example, tweeted in 2012 that Apple needed to update its emojis. Actor and singer Tahj Mowry also expressed his disappointed on Twitter, saying "it makes me mad that there are no black emojis." Thankfully, MTV's Joey Parker decided to ask Apple if the company was planning to update its emoticons.
Parker emailed Tim Cook and, within the day, got a response. Yes, the Apple CEO read Joey's email and forwarded it to Katie Cotton, Apple's Vice President of Worldwide Corporate Communications.
Cotton writes, “Tim forwarded your email to me. We agree with you. Our emoji characters are based on the Unicode standard, which is necessary for them to be displayed properly across many platforms. There needs to be more diversity in the emoji character set, and we have been working closely with the Unicode Consortium in an effort to update the standard.”
Simply put, Apple knows that there is a need for diversity in its emoticons. Apple feels you. Unfortunately, Cotton did not say when the update is coming.
RT if you think there needs to be an #emojiethnicityupdate— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) December 19, 2012
It makes me mad that there are no black emojis...— Tahj Mowry (@Tahj_Mowry) March 16, 2014
Gene Ryan Briones
Gene Ryan Briones (Google+) is a technology journalist with a wide experience in writing about the latest trends in the technology industry, ranging from mobile technology, gadgets and robots, as well as computer hardware and software.
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