Although with the advent of Memoji, the popularity of Animoji has shaken, this does not mean that Apple abandoned the idea of animated emoticons. Moreover, the new beta version of iOS 12.2 shows that four new Animoji will soon appear in a stable build: shark, giraffe, boar and owl.
Together with the new characters, the total number of animated emodics will be 24. But it’s not just the quantity, but also the quality: it looks like Apple is becoming more creative with the animations themselves. Although all animals open their mouths with you and change their facial expressions, the giraffe also uses its long neck, which curves when the head turns. The shark, unlike other characters, is visible entirely: moving your head, you control all her body at once.
Not all animations work smoothly in iOS 12.2 beta, but before their release, Apple will most likely release a couple more beta builds and polish Animoji.