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Call me, a shaka-like emoji is coming soon

  • COURTESY EMOJIPEDIA

    The website emojipedia.org created a prototype of what an “Apple-style” call me emoji will look like.

  • COURTESY EMOJIPEDIA

    Here is a sample of some of the new emoji that will be released in Unicode 9.0 and what they might look like.

Officially it’s not a shaka.

But it’s close enough, and people who use emojis will soon be able to send a hand gesture emoji instead of typing \m/ when saying ‘shaka’ in text messages.

Among 72 symbols approved by a committee responsible for setting emoji technical standards for all platforms is the ‘call me hand’ gesture, which looks like a sideways shaka.

Other emojis coming soon are the fist bump, finger crossed, handshake and selfie. For foodies, there’s even a new bacon emoji.

The call me hand is supposed to be used next to a face emoji to signify, well, “call me.”

But anyone who is familiar with Hawaii and its local culture will know what it means on its own.

The emojis are being officially adopted this month, with the June 21 release of the technical document known as Unicode 9.0. Google, Apple, Facebook and other apps are expected to roll out their own versions of the ‘Call Me Hand’ in updates soon afterward.

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