Update: Android 6.0.1 has been released. View the changes.
Scheduled to hit Nexus phones "next week", here's a first look at what to expect1 in this update.
Above: Five new emojis supported in Google's upcoming emoji update.
These images are Google's latest for Unicode 7 support, found buried inside Google Hangouts:
Above: New emojis found in Google Hangouts and presumably coming to Android next week.
Also included are these two fan favourites:
Above: Emojis from Unicode 8.0 on Google and Apple.
Some existing emoji images have been updated to more closely match Apple's emoji images.
I will be taking a closer look at all the emoji changes after the launch this update. Come back for a full changelog of what's new.
In the meantime, here is the current list of all emojis supported by Android 5.0 Lollipop.
I found these emoji assets linked in the source code for Hangouts. Presumably these are the same ones that will come in the Android 6.x update. We'll find out next week. ↩
It's possible these may be included in Android's update, and not on Hangouts. These images are only showing what's in the Hangouts update. ↩