As “bobaddicts” all over Asia and the U.S. have gone to incorporate bubble tea in just about everything, the Unicode Consortium announced the inclusion of the popular drink in the latest set of 117 new emoji.
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.
As bubble milk tea became a global phenomenon, many Asians, Asian Americans and other boba lovers have wished for it to become an emoji.
— Emojipedia (@Emojipedia) January 29, 2020
With their wish being granted, “bobaddicts” unsurprisingly took to Twitter to rejoice:
the bubble tea emoji…….. asian twitter about to lose their god damn minds https://t.co/Bcu4yzeFG4
— funky student₇ waiting for loona cb (@natskashi) January 29, 2020
THERE IS FINALLY GOING TO BE A BOBA TEA EMOJI, REJOICE BITCHES
— Kosame (@Kosonah) January 30, 2020
Boba tea got its own emoji! https://t.co/0T4iywgluQ
— , Ting-Wen Yeh | NEVER MET TAYLOR (@tingwenswiftie) January 30, 2020
asian twitter gonna eat the boba tea emoji up https://t.co/q0wBkjUO9D
— #⃝vivian (@thighyes) January 30, 2020
A boba tea emoji!!!!!! We all know who’ll be using that the most https://t.co/fC8sEBdoCC
— lizzy (@Lizzzzyaik) January 30, 2020
i can already see the twitter names “abg *insert boba tea emoji*” https://t.co/Rp1UfeAft1
— ♡ (@rachiesus) January 30, 2020
— Kyle Soehngen (@KyleSoehngen) January 30, 2020
THERES GOING TO BE A BOBA TEA EMOJI OHRCWIORUWFWWWDGKXJWGKHWOOXWHOYWYFEUOFECRGEUAIDJ
— Clay (@barclay_bells) January 29, 2020
there’s a boba tea emoji that’s all i care about
— meg (@kakashiswhore) January 29, 2020
bubble tea emoji got me activated https://t.co/sG28RRRBFh
— tina (@tinazhxng) January 30, 2020
The new emoji are expected to arrive on mobile phones in September or October, though some platforms may release them earlier, according to Unicode.