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.
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.