WhatsApp is rolling out its own set of emoji

WhatsApp EmojiEdoardo Maggio/Business InsiderThe new WhatsApp emoji.

According to a new blog post published on Emojipedia (which we first saw via Engadget), WhatsApp is rolling out a new set of self-designed emoji.

They look somewhat similar to the iOS emoji — which the messaging app has so far adopted, even on Android phones — but have a slightly flatter look that is reminiscent of LG’s proprietary set.

The update has so far hit only Android customers running WhatsApp’s latest beta, but a broader rollout for the platform is to be expected in the coming weeks and months.

IOS v WA emojiEmojipediaWhatsApp’s emoji design borrows heavily from Apple’s.

It is still unclear, however, whether WhatsApp will adopt the new emoji set on iOS as well. As of this beta release, WhatsApp’s is actually ahead of iOS’ native emoji support.

The new WhatsApp set uses Unicode’s latest standard, Emoji 5.0, which means some of the new emoji inside WhatsApp are not present on iOS as of yet.

WhatsApp Fantasy EmojiWhatsApp/EmojipediaThe new ‘fantasy’ emoji, still unavailable on iOS.

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