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2019's emoji hopefuls include a service dog and flamingo

We'll have to wait until next March to see what made the cut.
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Unicode has released a preview list of what might end up in the next round of emoji. Potential additions to Unicode 12 include a diving mask, axe, falafel, waffle, diya lamp and Hindu temple. Oh, a flamingo and a white heart, too. Because people were apparently craving those. Most importantly, the list includes a smattering of new emoji for people with disabilities, like an ear with a hearing aid, a motorized wheelchair, a service dog and mechanical leg among others.

A few months ago, Apple proposed 13 emoji for folks with hearing, motor and vision disabilities. Given that the Unicode list of possibilities includes a number of those, it seems like we could start seeing those next year. Until then, we're just 🙆 that it won't be too long before we can cryptically drop emoji for a test tube, bar of soap and a supervillain into a message and 🤷 everyone.

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