WhatsApp has released an update for their Android messaging app, bringing over 200 emoji combinations from late 2019 and late 2020 to the platform's emoji set for the first time.
Above: the 242 new emojis included in WhatsApp 184.108.40.206. Image: WhatsApp designs / Emojipedia composite.
This update has come just a couple of months after the platform's last emoji update, WhatsApp 220.127.116.11, which introduced emojis such as 😵💫 Face with Spiral Eyes, ❤️🔥 Heart on Fire, and 🧔♀️ Woman: Beard to the platform.
Above: all of the new emojis featured in September 2021's WhatsApp 18.104.22.168 update. Image: WhatsApp designs / Emojipedia composite.
Meanwhile, 200 of the new emojis in the recent 22.214.171.124 update are also from the Emoji 13.1 list, namely different skin tone combination options for the various 💑 Couple with Heart and 💏 Kiss emojis.
Above: a selection of the new 💑 Couple with Heart variants with a choice of skin tones for either person.
Above: versions of the 💏 Kiss included two people with different skin tones.
For example, the sequence constructed via 🧑 Person, ❤️ Red Heart, 💋 Kiss Mark, and a second 🧑 Person emoji with several zero width joiners - 🧑❤️💋🧑 Kiss: Person, Person - shares the same design as the single codepoint 💏 Kiss emoji.
Each of the new emojis introduced in WhatsApp's 126.96.36.199 display a single person emoji with a gender neutral appearance.
Above: the 138 emojis first introduces in WhatsApp's 188.8.131.52 back in 2020.
The women in 👩❤️👩 Couple with Heart: Woman, Woman have swapped places.
These new couple emojis are now available for Android users when the app updates to WhatsApp 184.108.40.206 or above.
Users of iOS devices will continue to see native Apple emoji designs which are provided by the operating system.
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- All WhatsApp emojis
- All the new emojis in WhatsApp 220.127.116.11
- WhatsApp 18.104.22.168 Emoji Changelog
- WhatsApp 22.214.171.124 Emoji Changelog
As of the WhatsApp 126.96.36.199 update, the last outstanding Emoji 13.1 recommendation yet to be supported on WhatsApp is the 🧔♂️ Man: Beard emoji and its five skin tone modifier options. This is an odd exclusion on the part of WhatsApp. Their 188.8.131.52 update modified the design of the 🧔 Person: Beard to be more gender-inclusive, yet the previous design was not implemented for the 🧔♂️ Man: Beard emoji sequence recommended in Emoji 13.1. This is expected to be rectified in a future WhatsApp for Android update. ↩︎