New emoji characters are approved on an annual basis, as part of wider updates to the Unicode Standard.
Latest Platform Updates
To be informed of the latest emoji releases on your platform, keep an eye out for Emojipedia on Twitter. A summary of notable releases is also listed here.
iOS 9 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