The bubble tea emoji, part of Emoji 13.0, features a transparent cup, a large straw, some ice, milk tea, and of course, plenty of tapioca balls.
The Unicode Consortium, based in Mountain View, California is a nonprofit organization that develops, maintains and promotes the Unicode Standard, which provides the basis for processing, storage and interchange of text data “in any language in all modern software and information technology protocols.”
Simply put, Unicode aims to support the texting needs of users from all backgrounds, whether mainstream or minority scripts.
Aside from bubble tea, Emoji 13.0 includes a smiling face with a tear, a polar bear and a piñata, to name a few.
The set of new emoji also includes 55 gender and skin-tone variants, including gender-inclusive emoji.
Over the last few years, the Unicode Consortium has faced criticism for taking too long to address its lack of diversity.
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