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SoftBank is a Japanese sales representative and a mobile operator. From 1997 to 2016, the company was creating its own emoji sets. Since 2016, SoftBank has stopped updating and creating new emoticons. Now the company uses Google’s emoji design for devices supporting Android 7.0 or higher.
SoftBank has released 10 versions of Emoji for 19 years. In 1999, emoticons appeared in communication services on mobile phones that supported C-HTML 4.0.
In 2006, a version of animated emoji was released, which had a size of 15×15 pixels. In 2010, most SoftBank emoticons become rounded. In 2012, the company completely refused the idea of animated emoticons.
Interesting fact: The 2006 SoftBank emoticon version is similar to Apple’s emoji in OS 2.2, as the company was the only iPhone 3G supplier in Japan and the emoticons on an iPhone smartphone should have been displayed correctly to users.