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Apple finally gets multicultural emoji

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Lovers of emojis, the cute graphics that punctuate online writing and texts, will soon be able to pick from different skin tones and depictions of families with two moms or two dads on Apple devices.

Apple Inc. has incorporated more diverse emojis into the developer version of the latest update to its mobile operating system. The iPhone and iPad maker has not said when the update will be available for all users.

Currently almost all the emojis depicting people or body parts, such as a fist or bicep, look white on Apple devices and other platforms. More cartoon-like faces that are smiling, crying, winking or suggestive of other emotions come in a shade of yellow reminiscent of “The Simpsons” characters.

An Apple spokeswoman said Tuesday that the company is working with the Unicode Consortium, the non-profit organization that sets the standards for the pictograms, “to update the standard so that it better represents diversity for all of us.”

Unicode last fall proposed adding five new skin colour options for emojis. A Unicode technical report says users worldwide want emojis that better reflect global diversity.

Apple is adding more than 300 additional emoji, including new icons of gay families and 32 new country flags.

Devices made by Cupertino, California-based Apple as well as those running Google Inc.’s Android operating system dominate the smartphone and tablet market.

Google spokeswoman Liz Markman said the Mountain View, California, company said it had no news to share Tuesday regarding diverse emojis.

Associated Press

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