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The Handshake Emoji To Receive More Diverse Skin Tone Options in 2022

A total of 25 combinations will be available for customization.

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The Handshake Emoji To Receive More Diverse Skin Tone Options in 2022

A total of 25 combinations will be available for customization.

Back in 2014, Apple and Google suggested to the Unicode Consortium to diversify skin tone options for emojis. Since then, more icons have been receiving inclusive updates, and now, the handshake emoji is also set to come in an array of different skin tones.

According to Engadget, Unicode will allow users to customize the skin tones of both left and right hands of the character in the upcoming Emoji 14.0 update. A total of 25 combinations will be available, which has been in development since the release of the Emoji 12.0 update. The emoji platform could have launched the update sooner, but has faced a few limitations in the modifier coding, making it difficult to have each hand appear in a different color.

Originally scheduled to release this year, the Emoji 14.0 update has been delayed to 2022 due to the ongoing pandemic. Stay tuned while we wait for more details to surface.

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