This follows an update in recent months where support was provided new gender neutral emoji support.
Above: all of the new emojis featured in WhatsApp 18.104.22.168. Image: WhatsApp designs / Emojipedia composite.
Above: all of the emojis that were made available in WhatsApp 22.214.171.124 earlier this year. Image: WhatsApp designs / Emojipedia composite.
The most recent of these two updates, WhatsApp 126.96.36.199, began its rollout in early December 2020. The earlier update, WhatsApp 188.8.131.52, was accessible to WhatsApp users on Android devices from early September 2020.
The emojis in this update have been released in recent months on iOS and on Android phones from Samsung and others. WhatsApp for Android eschews the system-wide emojis usually provided by Google or Samsung, and implements its own designs, shown here.
🆕 New in WhatsApp 184.108.40.206
The 115 new emojis included in WhatsApp 220.127.116.11 were taken from Unicode's Emoji 13.0 recommendations. While Emoji 13.0 included 117 new designs, WhatsApp had already provided support for the 🏳️⚧️ Transgender Flag and ⚧️ Transgender Symbol.
Within the 😃 Smileys & People category of emojis we have two new smiley emojis, a single new gesture emoji, two new anatomy-based emojis, and eight new people emojis.
- 🥲 Smiling Face with Tear
- 🥸 Disguised Face
- 🤌 Pinched Fingers
- 🫀 Anatomical Heart
- 🫁 Lungs
- 🥷 Ninja
- 🤵♂️ Man in Tuxedo
- 🤵♀️ Woman in Tuxedo
- 👰♂️ Man with Veil
- 👰♀️ Woman with Veil
- 👩🍼 Woman Feeding Baby
- 👨🍼 Man Feeding Baby
- 🧑🍼 Person Feeding Baby
- 🧑🎄 Mx Claus
- 🫂 People Hugging
The update also features 12 new animal emojis, 8 new food and drink emojis, and an additional 30 emojis that can be placed within the broad categories of nature, objects, and symbols.
Users may notice some divergence in the appearance of new emojis. Some appear more closely aligned to Samsung's emoji set, while others are closer to Apple's design choices.
Traditionally, WhatsApp emojis have been more aligned with Apple's choices than those from Google, and that (mostly) continues in this release.
Above: Comparison of new emojis on WhatsApp compared to Samsung, Google, and Apple. Image: Vendors / Emojipedia composite.
🆕 New in WhatsApp 18.104.22.168
Above: a selection of the new gender neutral emojis that debuted in WhatsApp 22.214.171.124.
🙆 Not Included
Not all of Emoji 12.1 has been implemented in WhatsApp to date.
Specifically, 30 additional variants of the 🧑🤝🧑 People Holding Hands, 👭 Women Holding Hands, and 👬 Men Holding Hands emojis recommended for inclusion in Emoji 12.1 remain absent in WhatsApp 126.96.36.199.
Above: the WhatsApp emoji keyboard on Android, with 👭 Women Holding Hands selected.
From an interface perspective, only shared skin tone combinations (where both people have the same skin tone) are available from the WhatsApp emoji keyboard, even though the app does support many of the mixed skin tone options.
Additionally, 🧑🤝🧑 People Holding Hands does not appear as an option on the WhatsApp emoji keyboard, despite it being supported via copy and paste or if sent in a message.
👰 Person With Veil has a new gender-inclusive appearance, making way for the new gender-specific options in this release.
🤵 Person in Tuxedo has a new gender-inclusive appearance, making way for the new gender-specific options in this release.
No previously released designs were updated in WhatsApp 188.8.131.52.
These new emoji designs are now available for Android users when the app updates to WhatsApp 184.108.40.206 or above. For most users this will have taken place on December 3, 2020. WhatsApp 220.127.116.11 which contained some of these earlier updates hit most Android phones in September 2020.
Users of iOS devices will continue to see native Apple emoji designs which are provided by the operating system.