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Samsung finally fixed its terrible emoji in Android Oreo


Samsung has made great strides to fix its custom Android UI over the past few years, going from the bloated and ugly TouchWiz to the less-bloated and sleek Samsung Experience. Unfortunately, its emoji have continued to be terrible, often expressing radically different emotions than those of other brands. Thankfully, Samsung is finally doing something about that as it rolls out Android Oreo to its suite of flagships. As first reported by Emojipedia, the Oreo update includes Samsung Experience 9.0, which brings redesigned the redesigned emoji in addition to a host of new features. Although the overall aesthetic of the emoji hasnt changed – I much prefer Googles stock emoji – Samsung is trying to at least make its emoji convey the same emotions as everyone else. One of the worst offenders was the rolling-eyes emoji. On previous Samsung phones, it looks all-around jolly, instead of the sarcastic (or mildly creepy) look on virtually every other device.  As Jeremy Burge of Emojipedia once pointed out, if you try sending this message on a Samsung device… …the person on the other end would see this… …which would make you look like a cannibal. The new emoji  looks a lot more like everyone elses, so youd probably know not to use it in the above scenario: The update also includes the new characters introduced with the Emoji 5.0 standard back in May of 2017. Itll be a while before Samsung catches up to the new 2018 list – which probably wont show up until the second half of the year – but at least the older emoji actually make sense now.

Samsung is finally updating its terrible emoji


Samsung has had a bad rap when it comes to emoji. Aesthetically speaking, theyre pretty fug, and worse, the yellow globs often dont correspond with emoji on other platforms. So sometimes youd be sending what you thought was a shocked face, but would really show up as a hungry face instead. Its a common issue between platforms like Android, iOS, Microsoft, and so on, but the difference is much more distinct with Samsung. However, thats 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 wont 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...