New emoji characters are approved on an annual basis, as part of wider updates to the Unicode Standard.
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New Emojis for 2018
Emoji 11.0 is the new emoji list for 2018 which includes 157 new emojis and is now available on most major platforms including Stock Android, Samsung Experience and Windows 10. iOS 12.1 came out on October 30 and included the new 2018 emojis for iPhone and iPad users.
New Emojis for 2019
Emoji 12.0 is the new emoji list for 2019. This list is in draft and as such is subject to change prior to release. A release date is expected in March 2019, with most platforms expected to add support in the second half of 2019.