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Blog: When to expect the new emojis (2016)

December 2016

Apple to released iOS 10.2 to the public, with support 104 new emojis, and a complete graphical redesign.

October 2016

Apple released iOS 10.2 developer preview with new emoji support.

Google released Android 7.1 with new emoji support.

September 2016

Apple released iOS 10.0.1 on September 13, 2016. This release included new gendered emojis, rainbow flag, and an updated pistol emoji. See what's new.

August 2016

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.

July 2016

A proposal for emoji flags for England, Scotland and Wales has been published.

Twitter released Twemoji 2.1 with support for Unicode 9 on July 14, 2016.

June 2016

Unicode Consortium released Unicode 9.0. This release includes 72 new emojis.

Facebook released an update to Messenger with new emojis and emoji designs.

Emoji One released version 2.2 with emoji changes.

May 2016

Unicode Consortium approved 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.