The messenger app has created its own set of emojis, however, they do look awfully familiar. WhatsApp has previously implemented Apple’s emojis across iOS, Windows and Android but released their own icons in their latest update.
Jeremy Burge of Emojipedia commented that “it appears that the brief for this project may have been take Apple’s emojis, and change them enough so we can call them our own.” However, there are some slight differences between the keyboards. WhatsApp’s version includes fantasy designs (as seen below) which are not yet available via iOS.
It’s unclear what prompted WhatsApp’s sudden change of heart, but it’s a move that sees them following in the footsteps of Facebook Messenger, Google and Samsung who have all shunned Apple’s emojis keyboard in an attempt to be less reliant on third parties.
WhatsApp is yet to comment on the latest update.