Apple and emoji often come hand in hand, and the company has today proposed a few new emoji to the Unicode Consortium, with each and every one of them based on the world of accessibility.
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Apple has proposed a set of new emoji to the official world arbiters of tiny pictures, the Unicode Consortium. The new emoji are focused on accessibility, and include things like a guide dog, people in wheelchairs, and prosthetic limbs.
In its proposal to the Unicode Consortium, spotted by Emojipedia, Apple says that it “is requesting the addition of emoji to better represent individuals with disabilities. Currently, emoji provide a wide range of options, but may not represent the experiences of those with disabilities.”
There are 45 new emoji when considering all possible skin tones and genders in the proposal. There are two different guide dogs, including one with a vest and one with a harness for a seeing-eye dog (pictured above). There are men and women in both manual and powered wheelchairs, men and women with canes, an ear with a hearing aid, the universal deaf sign, and prosthetic arms and legs.
Apple said that the proposals were developed in collaboration with “internationally respected community organizations” such as American Council of the Blind, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and the National Association of the Deaf. However, it also went to pains to point out that the proposal is not “meant to be a comprehensive list of all possible depictions of disabilities, but to provide an initial starting point for greater representation for diversity within the emoji universe.”
The full set of images of new emoji are available over at Emojipedia. The Unicode Consortium will have to accept any new emoji proposals before including them in the next round of releases, and software makers will have to create imagery before releasing to the public. On that timeline, we might see the new accessibility emoji sometime next year.
To celebrate having been voted number 1 in Harris Poll’s annual corporate reputation survey for its third year straight, Amazon is discounting several Alexa-enabled devices and bundles by 20% or more off their original price. The number of items that are on discount is pretty significant, so we’ve copied them all below.
The deals expire today, so don’t waste time if you’re interested.
[Deal Alert] Today only, 20%+ off a bunch of Alexa-enabled devices and bundles (including Philips bulbs) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Days after Fortnite Battle Royale began testing on iOS devices, another popular PC game has made its way to mobile in the US.
PUBG Mobile is now available in the US and many other countries on both Android and iOS. The app was offered as a beta in Canada last week, but now it looks to be rolling out more widely, including on iOS devices.
This officially licensed mobile version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is described as “an authentic port of the PC version”. The game tasks you with dropping onto an 8km x 8km island with 99 other players and being the last one alive. You can pick up weapons and clothes and drive vehicles while eliminating other players and ensuring that you stay inside an ever-shrinking circle that’ll hurt you if you’re outside of it.
The mobile version of PUBG is being developed by Chinese company Tencent, who touts that the came offers “high-quality audio, immersive 3D sound effects, and 7.1 channel surround sound.”
The Android version of PUBG Mobile requires Android 4.3 or higher, but the developer recommends Android 5.1.1 or higher and at least 2GB of RAM. On the iOS side, you’ll need iOS 9.0 or later to run PUBG Mobile. The game supports the iPhone 5s and up, the iPad Air and iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 2 and up, the iPad Pro, and the iPod touch (6th generation).
While Fortnite Battle Royale has enjoyed a huge surge in popularity recently, PUBG is still one of the most popular video games out there and so it’s a big deal for the game to appear on mobile devices. It’ll be interesting to try the game out and see how it runs on mobile devices and how Tencent has adapted the PC game for touchscreen devices.
Also of note is that Tencent says that this version “does not represent the final quality of the game” and that the company plans to continue to optimize PUBG Mobile and add new features. So keep that in mind as you boot the game up on your Android or iOS device.
Welcome to the end of another week. A “holiday” weekend is coming up, so have fun and be safe. For now, however, we have one final list of app sales to get through. Today features several awesome games on sale, like Baldur’s Gate II (one of the best RPGs ever made, in my opinion). So enjoy what’s on offer today, and I will see you all on Monday.
Start the St. Patrick’s Day weekend with 27 temporarily free and 22 on-sale apps, including Baldur’s Gate II and the Oddworld titles was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Facebook launched the Facebook Lite app in 2015 for use in developing countries with poor connectivity. However, people all over the world were sideloading the Lite app as an alternative to the notorious bloated regular app. You don’t have to mess around with sideloads anymore, though. Facebook Lite is now available in more places like the US.
Facebook Lite includes all the basic Facebook features like the feed, posting updates, photo sharing, events, and notifications.
Facebook Lite expands to more countries, including the US was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
President Trump has been discussing trade tariffs frequently over the past few weeks, and passing tariffs on steel and aluminum last week. According to Reuters, he is now looking into imposing tariffs on up to $ 60 billion of Chinese imports, specifically targeting consumer electronics, telecoms, and IT equipment.
This would have wide-reaching implications, including driving up the price of smartphones and other products manufactured in China. Apple, Samsung, Lenovo, ZTE, OnePlus, Oppo, and other companies build phones in the country.
President Trump looking to impose tariffs on Chinese imports, including tech products was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
We’ve had a solid day of almost nothing but Android P feature spotlights, but they’re still not finished. We legitimately weren’t expecting this many new things in this developer preview. On top of all of the features already discussed, Android P introduces a revised text selection popup, though it’s nothing groundbreaking.
left: Android 8.1 Oreo. right: Android P.
There are a couple of changes to this popup, the most noticeable of which is the fact that the buttons are no longer all capitalized.
Android P feature spotlight: The text selection popup gets a slight redesign, including no more all-caps and more buttons was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Gboard is Google’s popular keyboard app for Android devices, and starting today more people will be able to use it.
Google is adding support for more than 20 new languages to Gboard for Android. These include Chinese (both traditional and simplified) as well as Korean. With this update, Gboard for Android will support more than 300 languages. The full list of supported languages can be found here.
Google also explains that while it’s adding some of the most widely-spoken languages to Gboard, it’s working to add lesser-known languages as well. The company explains that it worked with the inventors of Adlam, the written alphabet of the Fulani language, to bring support for it to Gboard. Fulani has been spoken in Africa for hundreds of years, but the Adlam written alphabet was only invented 26 years ago.
Gboard’s expanded language support will be rolling out over the coming days.
Gboard is adding support for over 20 new languages on Android today, including Chinese (both Simplified and Traditional) and Korean. Google says its users made it clear that these were the top two missing languages from the app, so now they’re in. Following this move, Gboard supports over 300 language varieties, which cover 74% of the world’s population. The full list of currently supported languages is available here. Today’s update should already be rolling out through the Play Store. It includes some of the world’s most widely spoken languages, but also much lesser known ones -…