SoftBank 2008

  • Vendor: SoftBank
  • Version: 2008
  • Release Date: June 30, 2008
  • Emojis: 471

An update to the SoftBank emoji set released at the end of June 2008, sometimes referred to as SoftBank 3G.

This version added more detail to each character and was the first SoftBank release to show the majority of smileys as round characters rather than square edge-to-edge designs.

Note: Each emoji has been mapped to its modern Unicode codepoint, despite this set existing prior to Unicode emoji standardization.

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About SoftBank Emojis

SoftBank is a Japanese carrier which had its own emoji set for the years 1997—2016. SoftBank (known as J-Phone at the time) created the first known emoji set. The SoftBank emoji designs heavily influenced Apple's original emoji font which was designed to be compatible with this set when launching in Japan, due to iPhone being a SoftBank-exclusive phone when first released.

SoftBank announced it would switch to using Google emoji designs from 2016, for phones supporting Android 7.0 or above. SoftBank no longer releases updates to this emoji set.

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