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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...

Samsung's redesigned emoji are actually recognizable


Rolling eyes shouldn't look so happy. When you send an emoji to a friend, you want it to convey the same information. For example, if you sent a "rolling eyes" emoji to a buddy using a Samsung phone, they might not pick up what you're laying down. That's because 2017's "rolling eyes" emoji looks more like a happy face with eyebrows and a smirk. Luckily, the new Samsung Experience 9.0 (set to release as part of the Android Oreo update for Galaxy S8 users) has tweaked quite a few emoji, including the eye-rolling one, to bring them all more in line with other platform's representations of the Unicode characters. As noted on the Emojipedia blog, the Face Screaming in Fear will now look more like the painting by Edvard Munch instead of the weird anime-thing that Samsung had last year. In addition, the dancing woman emoji will look more like a woman doing the tango than a kid stomping in her sneakers. The man dancing emoji also loses the sneaker outfit and gains a purple disco-style jumpsuit. The angry devil, or "imp face" is more similar to what Apple offers, too, changing from a young boy with vampire fangs to a purple frowny-face with horns. Many more of the human-representing icons use a Simpsons-esque yellow skin tone, too, which you can see in Samsung's choice for Emoji 5.0 icons, like Star-Struck face, exploding head face, and woman with headscarf. Not all new Samsung emoji match up with other platforms, however: the alien monster now looks like a purple squid for some reason. Women and Men with Bunny Ears only show one younger-looking person per gender, instead of two leotard-wearing people like the other platforms (except Facebook, which matches the singular representation). Still, more consistency can only be a good thing for Samsung and other phone owners to communicate just a bit more clearly.