WhatsApp for Android's 220.127.116.11 release provided partial support for emojis from late 2020, such as Face in Clouds, Mending Heart, and Heart on Fire. The update did not, however, include the gender-specific Bearded Man or the various Kiss and Couple emoji combinations also recommended alongside these new additions.
Above: all of the new emojis featured in WhatsApp 18.104.22.168. Image: WhatsApp designs / Emojipedia composite.
In addition to the new emojis in WhatsApp 22.214.171.124, several months ago WhatsApp released an update including a single new emoji: the Refugee Nation Flag. This new flag emoji was introduced as a zero width joiner (ZWJ) sequence using the 🏳️ White Flag, 🟧 Orange Square, and ⬛ Black Large Square emojis.
Above: the new Refugee Nation Flag as it is constructed in WhatsApp 126.96.36.199 onwards.
As we previously discussed following its appearance in a WhatsApp beta release, this new flag emoji is not currently recommended for general interchange (RGI) by the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee and as such is only presently available on WhatsApp for both iOS and Android devices.
However, this solution has not yet been introduced for WhatsApp, with the 🧔♂️ Man: Beard emoji and its skin tone variants displaying as their constituent parts: 🧔 Person: Beard, skin tone modifier or not, with the ♂️ Male Sign alongside them.
Above: how the 🧔♂️ Man: Beard emojis appear within WhatsApp 188.8.131.52 messages and search function.
Above: a selection of the 💏 Kiss from the Emoji 13.1 recommendations as they appear in WhatsApp 184.108.40.206.
🧔 Person: Beard now has a gender-inclusive appearance, in keeping with recent changes to other emojis which don't specify a gender.
🐻❄️ Polar Bear now displays the bear's head in isolation, as per other vendors.
🪒 Razor is now a safety razor instead of a straight razor.
🩹 Adhesive Bandage is now white instead of brown.
🇭🇰 Flag: Hong Kong SAR China has had its bauhinia petals reshaped, with their central stars reduced in size.
⏸️ Not Changed
Interestingly, despite the 220.127.116.11 update redesigning several emojis, WhatsApp's 💉 Syringe emoji design was not amongst them.
This means that, thus far, WhatsApp has not joined the likes of Apple, Google, and Twitter in changing their 💉 Syringe to remove its bloody contents and droplets, making it more appropriate for representing vaccination.
Above: the current designs of the 💉 Syringe emoji across different emoji vendors.
The new emojis from 2020's Emoji 13.1 are now available for Android users when the app updates to WhatsApp 18.104.22.168 or above.
WhatsApp 22.214.171.124, which included the 🏳🟧⬛🟧 Refugee Nation Flag, was available for users from early June 2021.
Users of iOS devices will continue to see native Apple emoji designs which are provided by the operating system.