💬 The Wrap
2022 is almost (emoji) wrapped 🎁🥳
It's been just over three months since Emoji 15.0 was officially approved, so as we say farewell to 2022, let's review which major emoji keyboards have gotten the Goose, and which ones are still waiting a little longer for that plain Pink Heart.
🤖 Google released their new designs for both Noto Color Emoji and Noto Emoji via downloadable font files. While not yet rolled out to Android devices' emoji keyboards, these emojis are now supported within Gmail.
🍎 Apple's first beta for iOS 16.3, which was launched last week, contained no new emoji designs. Based on this year's iOS 15.4 release, we'd expect to see these designs appear in a beta release over the next several weeks, most likely in the new year.
🐦 While there have been reports that Twitter have prepared their Twemoji 15.0 update, these designs have yet to be released. Since the release of Emoji 15.0 a new highly-detailed emoji sticker set was made available within select Twitter features, albeit only with support up to 2020's Emoji 13.1.
🪟 Finally, while Microsoft did release a Windows 11 emoji update since the approval of Emoji 15.0, this update only introduced emojis from Emoji 14.0 such as Melting Face, Face Holding Back Tears, and Saluting Face.
Also in this edition of the Emoji Wrap, we share some renewed discussions of how people use skin tone emojis and a link to a research study on how emojis can be made more accessible.
Additionally, we share a recent history of how the 🍆 became what it is today, and a Unicode announcement which means next year's emoji release will contain only ZWJ sequences like Emoji 12.1 and Emoji 13.1 if any new released at all.
✨ New Emojis
Working closely with the incredible team at Zedge, this year we have introduced support of 18 different global languages and given the site its first new major frontend features since September 2015 🗣️🌐
We've also added a total of six completely new emoji sets to the site, namely Google's monochrome Noto Emoji and their animated Noto Color Emoji set, the animated Fluent emoji designs used within Microsoft Teams, Twitter's new highly-detailed emoji stickers, and sets from the Toss fintech app and the Sony Playstation's Messages feature 🤯🖼️
There's much more to come in 2023, and I for one am very excited to celebrate a host of new emoji designs and Emojipedia features as we approach the site's 10th anniversary and the hosting of our 10th annual World Emoji Day 📅🥳
But in the meantime, happy holidays and see you next year ❤️