WhatsApp’s new emojis look all too familiar
The update has only reached Android users, and is expected to reach iOS users in the next few months
WhatsApp has designed its own set of emojis and despite taking on the like of Google, Apple and Samsung, the emoji look oddly familiar.
The Facebook-owned messaging service unveiled the new line of emojis which are almost identical to Apple's own emoji set, which it had been using since it offered users the feature to add emojis to messages.
According to Emojipedia, the emojis are available in WhatsApp's beta version of its Android app and there are many similarities found on Apple devices. The changes are very subtle, such as the frying egg has two yolks, the ghost's eyes are now identical and the water pistol is now orange instead of green.
Jeremy Burge, editor in chief, Emojipedia said: "After a long history of using Apple's emojis on all platforms including Android and the web, WhatsApp looks to be taking the direction of Facebook and Twitter in using their own custom emoji set within the app.
"At a glance these could be confused for Apple's own emojis. 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". Is that a bad thing? Perhaps not, given how change-averse most users can be."
The update has only reached Android users, and is expected to reach iOS users in the next few months.
Facebook and WhatsApp have not yet commented.
Can you spot the difference?