WhatsApp 2.17

  • Vendor: WhatsApp
  • Version: 2.17
  • Release Date: Oct. 23, 2017
  • Emojis: 2644

WhatsApp 2.17.386 was released on October 23, 2017 and was the first (non-beta) release to include the new WhatsApp emoji designs for Android users.

Previous releases of WhatsApp used Apple emojis on all platforms.

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About WhatsApp Emojis

WhatsApp has its own emoji designs which are displayed on all WhatsApp platforms (except WhatsApp for iOS, which uses Apple's native emoji set).

Prior to WhatsApp creating its own emojis, Apple emoji images were used by WhatsApp on all platforms including Android and the web. In October 2017 WhatsApp released its own emoji set and ceased using Apple emojis on any non-Apple platform.

As of November 2018, WhatsApp (beta) for Android has begun testing Emoji 11.0 support.

One emoji supported by WhatsApp but no other platform is the Texas flag emoji. This is a valid subdivision flag supported by Unicode, but not listed within any Unicode emoji release and as of 2018 is not supported by any other major vendor.