Apple’s New Emojis: Dinosaurs, Dumplings and ‘ILY’ - The New York Times
So, how does a new emoji find its way to your screen? The process is complicated enough that it might make you feel like a smiley face with a nuclear mushroom cloud erupting from your head. (Yes, that is one of the new ones.)
The process is shepherded by the Unicode Consortium, a little-known group that meets quarterly and includes executives from several large technology companies, including Apple and Google.
The Unicode Consortium’s co-founder and president, Mark Davis, 63, described how the group chose emojis in an interview with The Times in 2015.
Among the factors he cited for inclusion were whether the symbol had been translated into Unicode, and how likely it was to be popular or useful.
“Completeness” was also an influential factor, he said, citing the addition of a mosque and a synagogue to the emoji lexicon that had already included an image of a church.