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Australia's First Set of Indigenous Emojis Are On Their Way to Your Phone

Coming to Android and iOS this year, the 19 new emojis include the Aboriginal flag and a boomerang.
By Sarah Ward
July 13, 2019
By Sarah Ward
July 13, 2019

In the near future, Australians will be able to send emoji-filled messages featuring boomerangs, the Aboriginal flag and other visual representations of the country's Indigenous culture.

Developed for both Android and iOS platforms, Ingenous Studios has created a set of Indigenous images that'll be rolled out across both platforms this year, marking the first such collection of emojis that celebrate the nation's first peoples.

Called Indigemoji, the 19-emoji set was developed on Arrernte land in Mparntwe, aka Alice Springs, by Central Australia's young Aboriginal people. The Northern Territory residents were asked to design new emojis that were relevant to their culture and lives, with symbols that feature the Aboriginal flag on crowns, hands, cups and hearts all included, alongside animals, vehicles and a starry image of Uluru by night.

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Posted by Ingeous studios on Thursday, 11 July 2019

Announcing the set on Facebook, Ingenous hasn't yet revealed a specific release date; however the emojis will be made available for free via an app this year. They won't officially feature in your phone's inbuilt emoji keyboard, but you'll be able to use them in messages and posts by copying and pasting from the Indigemoji app.

For further details, visit the Indigemoji website or Facebook page.

Image: Ingeous Studios.

Published on July 13, 2019 by Sarah Ward
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