New emoji characters are approved on an annual basis, as part of wider updates to the Unicode Standard.
Latest Emoji Updates
Apple is expected to release iOS 10 with new emoji designs plus support for male and female variations of existing emojis.
Google released Android 7.0 Nougat with new emojis on August 22, 2016.
Microsoft released Windows 10 Anniversary Update on August 2, 2016 with all new emojis.
A proposal for emoji flags for England, Scotland and Wales has been published.
Facebook released an update to Messenger with new emojis and emoji designs.
Emoji One released version 2.2 with emoji changes.
Unicode Consortium approved Unicode 9.0 which is to be released in June 2016.
Microsoft previewed the Windows 10 Anniversary Update with a completely new emoji design.
Emoji One 2.0 was for released on December 17, 2015 with new emojis included and support for emoji modifiers. All the details are listed in the Emoji One 2.0 Emoji Changelog.
Twemoji 2.0 was for released on December 9, 2015 with new emojis included and support for emoji modifiers. All the details are listed in the Twemoji 2.0 Emoji Changelog.
Android 6.0.1 was for released on December 7, 2015 with new emojis included. Find out more about this update in the Android 6.0.1 Emoji Changelog.
iOS 9.0 was released on September 16, 2015. This release included new emoji categories, and additional flag support. View more about the changes to emoji flags in iOS 9. The same changes were included in OS X 10.11 El Capitan on September 30, 2015.
Microsoft included support for emoji skin tone modifiers in Windows 10, released July 2015. Other emoji images were updated in Windows 10, primarily for greater cross-platform consistency. View the Windows 10 Emoji Changelog.
Latest Unicode Releases
Each year, the Unicode Consortium approves new emoji characters for inclusion in the Unicode Standard. 2016 will see the release of Unicode 9. View mockups for Unicode 9 emoji candidates.
- 7️⃣ Unicode 7 Emoji List — Emoji Approvals
- 8️⃣ Unicode 8 Emoji List — Emoji Approvals
- 9️⃣ Unicode 9 Emoji List — Emoji Candidates