Samsung might have an enormous year ahead of them with the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9; however we’re more excited about it new Samsung emoji update for 2018. the company has begun rolling out Samsung experience 9.0 and, whereas there are many various improvements that come alongside the android oreo emoji update, one among the most welcome is Samsung acquiescence that some of its existing emoji designs were just… wrong.
It was a reasonably odd scenario. Clearly there’s a homogenous set of Oreo emojis out there – otherwise one device wouldn’t know what to show when another device sent it a message. However, while you would possibly expect, say, the “eyeroll” Oreo emoji to look the same across every platform, that’s not truly the case.
Instead, it’s been up to individual companies to settle on their own designs for every emoji type. Some end up looking unsurprisingly similar – like a smiling face – however others can vary significantly. At best, that’s a neat distinction based on platform. At worst, it will be downright confusing.
The Samsung rolling eyes emoji was a superb example of that. Pretty much different company illustrated that with a vaguely cheesed off or unimpressed face, its eyes rolled back to signify its frustration. Until now, though, Samsung’s version has looked absolutely enthusiastic, complete with a half-smile and a few jaunty eyebrow actions.
While you would possibly not think that’s a big deal, it can seriously change the interpretation of a message sent between platforms. An iPhone user texting a Galaxy S9 user, for instance, might intend the rolling eyes emoji as they see it in iOS, as a sign of annoyance. However, the S9 would show it according to Samsung’s graphics, with a totally different feel.
It’s not the only massive difference, either. In Samsung experience 8.5, the “gun” emoji was a realistically delineate revolver. In Samsung experience 9.0, however, it’s being modified to a way more playful water pistol. Samsung is also changing the default skin tone to the brilliant yellow that Unicode recommends Emojipedia reports.
Overall, Samsung’s modifications to its Oreo emojis have had the effect of bringing them a lot of in line with what other companies are giving. Again, that simply serves to better harmonize cross-platform chat, and build it more seemingly that your contacts can get the subtext you’re trying to express.
As for when you’ll actually get Samsung experience 9.0, of course, that’s a question we don’t quite understand the answer to. Samsung began rolling out its android oreo emoji update in Germany recently, but hasn’t given a particular roadmap for when it’d arrive on other phones. We should always see it preloaded on the new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ at Mobile World Congress 2018, however, later in February.