Samsung Experience 9.0 brings new and improved emoji design

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After months of beta testing, Samsung has finally started rolling out the Android Oreo update to the Galaxy S8 series. As part of the update, Samsung Experience UI has also been updated to version 9.0. Along with a long list of new features and improvements, the UI update also brings new emoji design to Samsung devices.

More streamlined and standardized

Emoji design is not standardized and often varies based on the device, OS, and even apps. In the past, Samsung’s emoji design has been criticised by many users for its unorthodox design choices and inconsistencies. Samsung using a cracker to denote what is a cookie in other emoji libraries is a commonly cited example of its inconsistency. It looks like Samsung finally realized that its emoji needed a redesign and did precisely that with the new Android 8.0 Oreo update.

The new Samsung emoji library is not a radical redesign, but rather a refinement of the existing design language. From my initial impressions, the new emoji look better and more accurate in what they are trying to communicate. With the new redesign, Samsung emoji now look similar to the competition which should ensure a more consistent experience for the users. Samsung has also opted for the standard “Simpsons yellow” as the default skin tone for people and body part icons like most other emoji sets.

Emojipedia has done an in-depth analysis of the new Samsung emojis and it’s worth a read if you want to dwell deeply on all the changes.

P.S. Along with the redesign, the update also brings new emoji icons.

Images courtesy: Emojipedia

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3 months 9 days ago
Chris T

I have to admit some of the little buggers are creepy looking.

nathan807
3 months 10 days ago
nathan807

thats ok. when are going to release Oreo Update..????

guy.hindle
3 months 12 days ago
guy.hindle

Who actually cares about this stuff? What am I missing?

vnovomsate
3 months 3 days ago
vnovomsate

It’s probably good for kids 😀

vanillasky
3 months 12 days ago
vanillasky

Good for Snapchat kids, this is completely useless

NotReallySamsungFan
3 months 12 days ago
NotReallySamsungFan

The horrifying dead eyes though. There was an attempt but the shushing emoji looks incredibly sinister.

Dwarfer66
3 months 12 days ago
Dwarfer66

Emoji’s should crawl into a hole and die, they are fine if you are 12!

Yousef206
3 months 12 days ago
Yousef206

When you are texting it is hard to show your emotions with only the text emojis solve that

Simone25
3 months 12 days ago
Simone25

And for S7 edge?

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