Samsung finally fixed its terrible emoji in Android Oreo update

AJ Recella
AJ Recella February 14, 2018
Updated 2022/04/14 at 11:00 AM
Samsung finally fixed its terrible emoji in Android Oreo update
Samsung finally fixed its terrible emoji in Android Oreo update

On the latest Oreo update, 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 hasn’t changed – I much prefer Google’s stock emoji – Samsung is trying to at least make its emoji convey the same emotions as everyone else.

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.

Credits to emojipedia

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. Take a look at these images and see the differences of how it pertains to the receiver.

Credits to emojipedia

The sender will see the emoji above but the receiver will see something like these…

Credits to emojipedia

The update also includes the new characters introduced with the Emoji 5.0 standard back in May of 2017. It’ll be a while before Samsung catches up to the new 2018 list– which probably won’t show up until the second half of the year – but at least the older emoji actually make sense now.

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