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The next generation of Emoji: Gender, hair color, and more flags

Jeremy Burge of Emojipedia has the details of the latest release from the Unicode Consortium about future extensions to Emoji. Among the options: the ability to specify an emoji as male, female or neutral; hair color for emoji (redhead, blonde, brown, black, gray, and bald); and sub-region flags (such as the flags of U.S. states and the flag for countries that aren’t currently eligible, such as Scotland). Direction attributes would also allow an emoji to face left or right.