Samsung has had a bad rap when it comes to emoji. Aesthetically speaking, they’re pretty fug, and worse, the yellow globs often don’t correspond with emoji on other platforms. So sometimes you’d be sending what you thought was a shocked face, but would really show up as a hungry face instead. It’s a common issue between platforms like Android, iOS, Microsoft, and so on, but the difference is much more distinct with Samsung.
However, that’s set to change now that the company is rolling out Android Oreo to its phones. The updated emoji library (from Samsung Experience 8.5 to Samsung Experience 9.0) now has emoji that are more in line with other operating systems emoji sets:
The new emoji won’t have an angled, tilted face, and almost all of the facial expressions have been tweaked. Some animal icons like the cat emoji have also changed colors to be more streamlined with other operating systems, and changes have been made to popular emoji like the nail polish hand, man dancing, and alien.
More importantly, the update solves this sacrilegious mistake of Samsung representing chocolate chip cookie emoji as crackers:
There are still a number of divergences, though, including the men / women with bunny ears emoji which show up on Samsung as one person rather than two.
Among the new emoji are a star-struck face, an exploding head, and a face with a monocle. Samsung is also setting the default emoji skin color to the standard Simpsons yellow like those found in other emoji sets.
Samsung is releasing Experience 9.0 as part of its Android Oreo update for Galaxy S8 users.
Just spare a thought for Jessica Chastain, though:
Is this a Samsung thing?!
The shocked emoji is what I put in my tweet and is what I see when I go on my twitter. A friend forwarded me an article that referred to it. The emoji is completely different! Is that what all of you see? Its drooling. Now I look like a pervert… pic.twitter.com/F3aaRSBzng
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) February 1, 2018