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Docomo is a Japanese mobile operator. In 1999, the company launched the first i-mode data transfer service, where users could exchange messages and emojis.
The first version of Emoji from Docomo was released on January 2, 1999 and looked like a binary image consisting of white and black pixels. The first version of emoji contained 176 emoticons with a size of 12×12 pixels, which covered the full range of human emotions.
Between 1999 and 2013, Docomo has released six versions of Emoji.
The last sixth version of Emoji was installed on a smartphone with an operating version of Android 4.3 and 4.4. At the moment, Docomo emojis have been replaced with Google emoticons.
Interesting fact: Docomo tried to get copyright on the design of its emoji (12×12 pixels), but unfortunately it didn’t succeed.