Twemoji 13.1 Emoji Changelog

Twemoji 13.1 Emoji Changelog

Twitter has begun to rollout its latest emoji update, Twemoji 13.1. The update includes new emojis such as the heart on fire, the face in clouds, and large-scale skin tone support for couples and people kissing.


Above: the 217 new emojis released in Twemoji 13.1.

Notably, Twemoji 13.1's new emojis are rendered in the vendor's traditional flat, block color style as opposed to the new glossy designs for existing emojis recently teased by Twitter.

This does not mean that a new glossy style of emoji aren't coming in a future Twemoji update, however.

In fact, just prior to Twemoji 13.1 beginning its rollout, @TwitterDesign published a tweet seeking feedback on further 3D-like versions of ๐Ÿฆฟ Mechanical Leg and the ๐Ÿฆพ Mechanical Arm.

All 217 of the new emojis introduced in Twemoji 13.1 are from Unicode's Emoji 13.1 recommendations, which was approved in late 2020.

No previously released emojis were given updated designs in Twemoji 13.1[1].

However, in the platform's last update just prior to Twemoji 13.1, the ๐Ÿ’‰ Syringe emoji was changed to be in line with new designs debuted by Apple and Google.


Above: the update to the ๐Ÿ’‰ Syringe that occured prior to today's release of Twemoji 13.1.

You can read more about the history and impact on the syringe emoji's design in our "Vaccine Emoji Comes to Life" article here on the Emojipedia blog.

๐Ÿ†• New

Amongst the 217 new emojis in Twemoji 13.1 are three new smiley emojis, namely ๐Ÿ˜ฎโ€๐Ÿ’จ Face Exhaling, ๐Ÿ˜ตโ€๐Ÿ’ซ Face with Spiral Eyes, and ๐Ÿ˜ถโ€๐ŸŒซ๏ธ Face in Clouds.


The ๐Ÿ˜ตโ€๐Ÿ’ซ Face with Spiral Eyes was introduced in Emoji 13.1 to combat an instances of long-standing design fragmentation: the eyes of the ๐Ÿ˜ต Dizzy Face emoji.

Historically, several vendors had chosen to display these eyes as spirals, while others chose "x"-shaped eyes. With the introduction of ๐Ÿ˜ตโ€๐Ÿ’ซ Face with Spiral Eyes, it was recommended going forward that vendors should display ๐Ÿ˜ต Dizzy Face with "x" eyes.

Twitter has, however, always displayed ๐Ÿ˜ต Dizzy Face with "x" eyes, therefore no design change was required in Twemoji 13.1 or any previous update.


Above: ๐Ÿ˜ต is now universally shown with X eyes, making way for the new spiral eyed emoji.

Additionally, two new heart emojis are included in Twemoji 13.1. They are โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿ”ฅ Heart on Fire and โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿฉน Mending Heart.


โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿ”ฅ Heart on Fire encapsulates a popular variant of the classic heart ideograph that is traditionally used to represent desire or lust. The โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿฉน Mending Heart, wrapped in an adhesive bandage, can be as an opposing metaphor to the ๐Ÿ’” Broken Heart.

Twemoji 13.1 also introduces new gender-specifying variants of ๐Ÿง” Person: Beard: ๐Ÿง”โ€โ™€๏ธ Woman: Beard and ๐Ÿง”โ€โ™‚๏ธ Man: Beard. Both of these new emojis support all skin tone modifiers.


Above: Twitter now has gender-specific designs for ๐Ÿง”โ€โ™€๏ธ Woman: Beard and ๐Ÿง”โ€โ™‚๏ธ Man: Beard.

Unlike most other platforms, Twitter has presented the ๐Ÿง” Person: Beard in a non-gender-specific manner since November 2019.

Prior to that update, it displayed with the design now being utilitised for the new ๐Ÿง”โ€โ™‚๏ธ Man: Beard emoji.


Above: the change in design of ๐Ÿง” Person: Beard back in November 2019.

Given that hair style doesn't define gender, users are of course welcome to use whichever bearded emoji best represents the person or topic at hand.

The remaining 200 new emojis in Twemoji 13.1 are for different skin tone combinations for the ๐Ÿ’‘ Couple with Heart and ๐Ÿ’ Kiss emojis.


Above: ๐Ÿ’‘ Couple with Heart and its variants now comes with a choice of skin tones for either person.


Above: ๐Ÿ’ Kiss and its variants now comes with a choice of skin tones for either person.

๐Ÿ“ถ Release

The latest designs from Twemoji 13.1 were revealed by Twitter via their Github, and rollout of the update to web-based Twitter users has now begun.

Some Android versions of the Twitter app also use Twemoji, and these updates are expected to appear on those platforms in the very near future.

Twitter for iOS uses native system-wide emojis from Apple, and is unaffected by this change.

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  1. This includes ๐Ÿง” Person: Beard, which has been presented by Twitter in a gender neutral format since November 2019's Twemoji 12.1.4. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ