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Emoji Are Now 10 Years Old: Here's How They've Changed

Written By Diyali Banerjee | Mumbai | Published:

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  • As the ideograms turned 10 years old, emoji reference website Emojipedia reminisced the journey of the tiny digital stickers.
  • First debuting as part of iPhone OS 2.2 on November 21, 2008, emoticons marked 10 years of its debut this year.

Emoji has been a huge massive saviour when it comes to texting. It has not only reduced the effort of typing but also has helped to express feelings that words failed to express. Now, as the ideograms turned 10 years old, emoji reference website Emojipedia reminisced the journey of the tiny digital stickers.

First debuting as part of iPhone OS 2.2 on November 21, 2008, emoticons marked 10 years of its debut this year. On the occasion of the same, Emojipedia took to its official Twitter handle and compared the present look of the emoji with the initial ones.  

The new emoji are not only of an HD quality but also changed quite a bit when it comes to looks. The change happened over years with the software upgradations and now they look more realistic and relatable. 

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Here take a look at the interesting transformations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Emoji are ideograms and smileys used in electronic messages and web pages. Emoji exist in various genres, including facial expressions, common objects, places and types of weather, and animals.

They are much like emoticons, but emoji are actual pictures instead of typo-graphics. As per media reports, emoji first originating on Japanese mobile phones in 1999, and it was later added to several mobile operating systems across the world. It gained huge popularity worldwide, following the same, and are now considered to be a large part of popular culture. Interestingly, In 2015, Oxford Dictionaries named the Face with Tears of Joy emoji the Word of the Year. It did not have any major change over the years.

 

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