David Bowie emoji included in iOS update

David Bowie has long been an icon, but now he’s an emoji.

FILE - This is a June 19, 1987 file photo of David Bowie. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-bending persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday Jan. 10, 2016. He was 69 and had just released a new album. (PA, File via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE
This is a June 19, 1987 file photo of David Bowie. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-bending persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday Jan. 10, 2016. He was 69 and had just released a new album. (PA, File via AP)

As Stereogum reports, iPhone users will soon have the perfect emoji to express that thing when you’re feeling dance-y and weird and fantastic. A David Bowie-inspired emoji, complete with “Aladdin Sane” lightning bolt face paint, will be one of several new emojis to make a debut with the iOS 10.2 upgrade.

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The update is now available in beta, so you can test out the strange before facing it. Other new emojis include a face-palm, a shrug and several with a career theme, like a firefighter, chef and astronaut.

While the tribute is sure to please Bowie fans, we prefer to remember the rock star by illegally ch-ch-changing out street signs.

Hungry for a taco or burrito emoji? They’re coming — for real

By the end of the year, you may never have to type “t-a-c-o” on your phone again.

Amid the whirlwind of Apple news Wednesday (including a slew of new products, like an iPad big enough to use while reenacting the plot of “Cool Runnings”), tech site the Next Web reported that iPhone keyboards will contain many much-demanded emojis — including a taco, a burrito and a wedge of cheese — within Apple’s next couple of operating system upgrades.

Finally, a way to graphically represent queso in a text message is within reach.

In June, an update to Unicode (that’s the international standard for the digital representation of text and symbols) foretold of the taco emoji’s coming like a little yellow John the Baptist smiley face, according to Mashable. It was just a matter of when operating systems would adopt the new symbols.

Pictured: A thing that you can soon text as an emoji. (Mike Sutter/American-Statesman)
Pictured: A thing that you can soon text as an emoji. (Mike Sutter/American-Statesman)

According to the Next Web, the new emojis have been included in a beta version of iOS 9.1 that was made available for developers last week. Apple’s next iPhone operating system, iOS 9, will be available for public download this week, but the unwashed masses will have to wait until an unspecified date later this year for the point-one version.

We here at the American-Statesman have kept a pretty close eye on the promise of a taco emoji. First, an Austin company came up with their own app-based workaround last year. Then, Taco Bell got in on the demand, starting an online petition for an official version of the crunchy emoticon. An iOS 8.3 update brought some new much-needed emojis — like different skin tones for representations of people — but still no meat-filled treat.

Oh, and as far as the other emojis that the Next Web says are coming, we’re looking forward to the unicorn the fourth most.

A Texas emoji app is coming

Photo from @TexMojiWe have blogged about the emoji keyboard’s failure to get on Texas’ level a number of times. Even as recently as last month’s iOS update, the keyboard has ignored the countless pleas from the Lone Star state begging for a taco emoji among others.

A country singer and a famous Texas tweeter have finally answered Texas’ emoji prayers: A Texas emoticon app is coming.

Rich O’Toole is a Houston and College Station native as well as a country singer. Sean Compton is the man behind the ‘Sorry, I’m Texan’ twitter account, followed by nearly 87,000. According to KENS 5, Compton and O’Toole met on Twitter, shared a mutual homesickness for Texas and decided to take the matter of being able to show off Texas pride into their own hands.

Partnering with Austin-based app developer Rocksauce and Houston artist Ted Borel, they are creating TexMoji, the first state-centric emoji keyboard.

A few of the TexMojis they’ve already teased to via their Twitter include the long-awaited taco, Willie Nelson braids, a Shiner Beer, Texas bluebonnets and an armadillo.

The app is expected to debut in June.