WhatsApp has released new emojis for Android, along with design modifications for its native emoji set.
The latest update means that WhatsApp users on Android now have access to both the 157 new Emoji 11.0 additions from 2018 as well as redesigned versions of previously available emojis.
Above: A selection of new emojis now available on WhatsApp for Android.
These are the first major updates to the WhatsApp emoji set since its introduction to Android and non-Apple platforms in October of 2017.
Changes in this update actually came as part of two releases:
- WhatsApp 2.18.379: released mid-December 2018 with new Emoji 11.0 support, and no design changes.
- WhatsApp 2.19.7: released mid-January 2019 with design changes, and no new emoji support.
Details for both December 2018 and January 2019 WhatsApp emoji updates are included in this emoji changelog.
As with Emoji 11.0 updates from other vendors, various hair styles are expected to be quite popular for those seeking more options for self-representation in their emoji keyboard.
The new hair styles are 👨🦰 Red Haired Man and 👩🦰 Red Haired Woman, 👨🦱 Curly Haired Man and 👩🦱 Curly Haired Woman, 👨🦳 White Haired Man and 👩🦳 Woman, White Haired, and 👩🦲 Bald Woman and 👨🦲 Bald Man.
Perhaps having seen the fuss around Apple's plain bagel emoji, this bagel comes with "everything" seeds and cream cheese included.
All are rendered full-bodied, as opposed to being represented solely by the animal's face. This is interesting in the case of 🦝 Raccoon, as the majority of other vendors instead opt for an image of the mammal's forward-facing head. However, Apple's version of the critter is a full-bodied rendering. It's possible WhatsApp is looking to maintain consistency with Apple in its set, as opposed to matching other vendors.
Emoji 11.0's other additions include new 🦶 Foot and 🦵 Leg body parts, scientific objects such as 🧲 Magnet, some new activity-based objects like the 🥍 Lacrosse, as well as other new miscellaneous objects.
All of the new emojis added to WhatsApp can be viewed here.
WhatsApp 2.19.7 features a number of updates to emoji designs previously featured on the platform.
The majority of these are very subtle changes: for example, the refinement of the shadows and the lightening of black to charcoal gray throughout the set's color palette.
There are, however, several changes that are more obvious upon direct comparison between WhatsApp 2.19.7 and prior releases. One of the most frequent motivators for emoji design modifications is emoji design convergence and increasing the accuracy of the item on the display. Below are a selection of these changes.
🤪 Zany Face now features a playfully protruding tongue instead of a wide grin, as is the case for most other vendors.
🤯 Exploding Head now has its mushroom cloud unevenly cracking through the scalp. Previously it emerged via a smaller circular segment in its head.
😇 Smiling Face With Halo now has the halo tilted to one side.
🐖 Pig has lost its ear-to-ear smile and the size of the ears have increased.
🐺 Wolf Face has redesigned fur and facial features.
🐰 Rabbit Face now has a smaller tooth and no white stripe between its eyes. The eyes have been moved further apart, now sitting at the edge of the curvature of the bunny's face.
The redesigned packaging of 🍟 French Fries has the back obscured by taller, slimmer fries.
👗 Dress is now purple not pink, and the belt is now purple instead of teal.
🧥 Coat is now brown, having previously been turquoise.
The tissue of the 🧠 Brain is now a more pink shade, in keeping with other vendors.
👂 Ear has been reshaped and includes more detail and shading.
👃 Nose has more prominent nostrils.
These design changes are now available for Android users in WhatsApp 2.19.7 and above.
At the time of writing, WhatsApp web has yet to add the updates listed here, but these are expected to roll out to the website in the coming months.
This means that if a user were to attempt to copy this emoji from its Emojipedia page and paste it into a WhatsApp message on an Android device, the symbol will appear as a missing character box. WhatsApp is one of only two major vendors which does not offer a graphic representation of these emoji components: the only other is Twitter. ↩︎