Soon, Android users will be able to see the newest emoji regardless of Android version
Hold up on that last part! It seems Android developers are working hard on making all emoji available to users that are on Android 4.4 KitKat and above! Around the release of Android 8 later this year, Google will also introduce a new support library, called EmojiCompat. It adds backward-compatible fonts, which the phone can use to display the newest emoji.
After EmojiCompat hits, it's up to app developers to add it to their apps. You will be able to see the pictures instead of a black box with an X in it, which is cool, but it's still unclear whether one would be able to actually type out said emoji. Well, it's still something, right?