The new beta is a preview of all the new emoji that might come in 2018. Images: Emojipedia Sample Image Collection.
Emoji 11.0 beta is now available for developers, with 130 Draft Candidates, such as: The list is not final: changes can include removals or additions: for example, new ZWJ sequences could be added.
"Emoji with glyphs that face to the right or left may face either direction, according to vendor preference".
"Unicode have chosen a way to handle emoji directions but no specific emojis have been called out to support this", Burger said.
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'However, that can cause a definite change in meaning when exchanging text across platforms'. This now provides a recommended mechanism for providing emoji direction. Presumably, this would allow users to customize their emoji's direction before sending them.
Burge notes that the changing emoji directions is at "a pretty early stage right now".
"Final decisions about the 2018 emoji list will be made at the Unicode Technical Meeting in January, with details to be published by the end of Q1 2018."Going by normal timelines, that means you should see these new emoji in September, October or November of 2018.
It's also worth mentioning that Unicode has updated TR-51, its emoji documentation.