- Vendor: SoftBank
- Version: 2001
- Release Date: Jan. 1, 2001
- Emojis: 471
Changes in this release include an increased pixel count for each emoji, resulting in more detail and smoother curves and gradients.
This set was commonly in use on SoftBank devices during 2001 and 2002, and records show it first existing as early as July 2000.
Note: Each emoji has been mapped to its modern Unicode codepoint, despite this set existing prior to Unicode emoji standardization.
About SoftBank Emojis
SoftBank is a Japanese carrier which had its own emoji set for the years 1997—2016. SoftBank (known as J-Phone at the time) created the first known emoji set. The SoftBank emoji designs heavily influenced Apple's original emoji font which was designed to be compatible with this set when launching in Japan, due to iPhone being a SoftBank-exclusive phone when first released.
SoftBank announced it would switch to using Google emoji designs from 2016, for phones supporting Android 7.0 or above. SoftBank no longer releases updates to this emoji set.