The Emoji Origin Story: Where Those Clever Little Characters Come From
Ever wonder where emoji come from? If you think Apple and Google craft the characters, you only know part of the story; this video tells the rest.By Mikah Sargent | December 9, 2015
First things first: Emoji don't come from Apple or Google. Now that we've got that out of the way, let's dive in.
Emoji are part of the Unicode Standard, a universal key of sorts that makes communication between computers — be that a smartphone, laptop, server, etc. — less error-prone and far simpler.
Unicode assigns unique numbers to characters you're probably familiar with, like letters, punctuation and emoji. Computers read each unique number and display the character assigned to that number.