You could soon be able to change the direction of your emojis
Emojis could soon be taken in a whole new direction – literally.
The organisation that governs the tiny icons has said it’s considering introducing the ability to change the direction of your emojis.
This means you could rotate the train icon to suggest the direction you’re travelling in or perhaps reorient the aubergine to suggest, well, whatever you think that gesture might suggest.
Emojipedia has uncovered a new document from Unicode which details all the changes coming in the next collection of icons, which is called Emoji 11.0.
It said that it’s already theoretically possible to change the orientation of icons, although it’s up to smartphone manufacturers to introduce this on their own devices.
‘Emoji with glyphs that face to the right or left may face either direction, according to vendor preference,’ Unicode wrote.
‘However, that can cause a definite change in meaning when exchanging text across platforms.’
Apparently, people have been asking for the ability to change the direction of their emojis for a long time.
‘Emojipedia users have long requested a way to flip emoji direction, and if this feature goes ahead it is likely to target only the emojis that would benefit from it most,’ Jeremy Burge, editor of Emojipedia wrote.
‘If vendors show support for these sequences, we might finally be able to have the train face left-right, or the runner, or the gun.’
The update will also introduce emojis for people with ginger hair as well as cupcake, bagel, kangaroo and softball icons.
However, it’s up to each individual company to introduce the update, meaning it might take a while until it hits your Apple or Samsung phone.
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