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. This includes 157 new emojis and is now available on Android 9.0 Pie, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and coming to Windows 10 in October 2018.
Apple has previewed their new emojis and confirmed these will be coming to iOS as part of a free software update by the end of 2018.
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 addiing support in the second half of 2019.