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New emoji characters are approved on an annual basis, as part of wider updates to the Unicode Standard.

Latest Emoji 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.

May 2016

72 new emojis have been approved for Unicode 9.0 which is to be released in June 2016.

April 2016

Microsoft previewed the Windows 10 Anniversary Update with a completely new emoji design.

February 2016

Unicode Consortium announced the first five emoji candidates for Unicode 10.

December 2015

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.

October 2015

iOS 9.1 was released on October 21, 2015. This update includes 184 new emojis, including taco, lion, hot dog, hockey, and more. Our iOS 9.1 Emoji Changelog has all the details.

September 2015

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.

July 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.