The news: 217 new emojis for release in 2021 have just been approved, according to Emojipedia.
- There are a few new emojis making headlines:
- Face exhaling
- Face with spiral eyes
- Face in clouds
- Mending heart
- Heart on fire
- There are also more options for bearded people, and a number of new emoji skin tone combinations in the context of relationships
- Due to delays caused by COVID-19, the 2021 emoji update will be smaller than in years passed
Our take: This is the smallest year-over-year emoji update that I ever remember seeing. Still, the addition of new breathing, swirly eyes and in the clouds emojis certainly reflect life in the past year.