In January, a new version of the open source emoji set was released with seven new designs and hundreds of minor tweaks. More on that in a moment.
Above: Emojipedia viewed in Chrome with the Emoji One Extension installed.
Emoji One for Chrome has two main features:
An emoji picker interface within the Chrome browser
Replacement of platform-native emojis with Emoji One emojis
Here's the emoji picker interface provided when Emoji One for Chrome is installed:
Above: Emoji One for Chrome.
Clicking the Emoji One button in the toolbar provides a categorised list of emojis (reminiscent of Apple's emoji picker for OS X), in addition to a search field and toggle for various skin tone options.
Above: A search field and modifier options.
While OS X already includes a very decent emoji picker (Cmd-Ctrl-Space is the shortcut), Windows lags behind.
Given these factors, I can see the emoji picker interface being of most benefit to those on Windows.
Those who use Safari for Mac may not realize that Chrome for Mac does not support:
Above: Diverse emojis aren't support in Chrome out of the box.
Even further behind is Chrome for Windows which doesn't support color emojis. In 2016.
Above: GetEmoji.com on Chrome for Windows 10.
The emoji replacement feature of Emoji One for Chrome is one way to work around these issues, on both OS X and Windows PCs.
Emoji One for Chrome is available now from the Chrome Web Store.
Emoji One 2.1
Back to the emoji updates recently released, on January 29 2016.
🐉 Dragon turns green, and faces left to be more consistent with other platforms:
The default hair color for all human-looking emojis has changed from black to yellow:
📿 Prayer Beads now include a tassel instead of a cross. This makes sense as these are used in more religions than Christianity alone:
A range of other minor updates and tweaks were included in Emoji One 2.1. A detailed set of release notes have been published here.
Modifiers are supported by Windows, but inaccessible from the touch keyboard. Windows 10 added support for new emojis such as the slightly smiling face and middle finger, and these haven't yet been added to the keyboard either. ↩