Emojis (絵文字 emoji) are small pictures or smileys used in text messages and websites. Emojis have a variety of categories, including smileys, objects, weather, and animals. Emojis are similar to emoticons, but they are actual pictures instead of using existing keyboard symbols.
Emojis originated from Japanese mobile phones in 1999, but became popular worldwide in 2010.
Emoji literally means 'Picture character' in Kanji as e (絵) means picture and moji (文字) meaning character.