2018 emoji feature proposal released

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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.

Unicode, the consortium responsible for choosing the new emoji across all platforms, announced the beta version of the 2018 emojis on Monday.

Above: A selection of emoji candidates for 2018.

The Beta list, which is now available for developers to check, contains 130 Draft Candidates which includes a number of new emoji including Cupcake, Superhero (both male and female), Super Villian!, Kangaroo (Aussie, Aussie, Aussie), toilet paper and pirate flag amongst a load of others.

In addition to the new figures themselves, Unicode 11 also proposes support for reversible emoji.

2018 could be the year of changeable emoji directions.

'However, that can cause a definite change in meaning when exchanging text across platforms'.

Above: Users may be able to change emoji direction in 2018.

The developer says it's been a long-requested feature, which will only affect the emoji that will "benefit from it the most".

However some proposals have already been canned - including a frowning pile of poo, mango and redheads.

According to a report from Emojipedia, the Unicode Consortium has officially released the 2018 emoji candidate list in beta.

The draft 11.0β Emoji Data provides property data, which determines how implementations handle the new characters.