Your mom will soon be able to text the Bitcoin symbol, along with a bunch of new emoji
Bitcoin remains a thriving cryptocurrency, but its reputation as a cool, futuristic currency for savvy individuals may have just received a mortal blow. Along with a sampling of dinosaurs, shushing emoji, and many more, the Unicode Consortium’s 10.0 version of the Unicode Standard also includes the Bitcoin symbol.
The timely addition won’t appear as a traditional bubble-like emoji, but rather a regular Unicode character, the currency’s B-like symbol. Unicode 10.0 is dropping today, though the long delay for Bitcoin’s arrival — it’s been around for almost a decade now — could be due to the process for proposing new emoji and icons to the Unicode Standard. Still, it’s arguably the most mainstream Bitcoin has ever been: it’s no longer so unknown that your parents couldn’t pop off a quick reference to it in the same text about siblings or your family pet.
Unicode 10.0 is expected to add 56 new emoji, 8,518 characters, and four new scripts. For a complete breakdown with images, check out Emojipedia.