Samsung Experience 9.0 Emoji Changelog

Samsung Experience 9.0 Emoji Changelog

Less cross-platform confusion is in our emoji futures, as Samsungโ€™s ๐Ÿ™„ rolling eyes emoji will soon represent the disdain shown on other manufacturersโ€™ devices instead of its current pleased, somewhat expectant expression.

Additionally, ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Face Screaming in Fear will look more Munch than anime demise and ๐Ÿ’ƒ Woman Dancing is more poised and elegant than the current sneaker-stomp.

And, well...


Coming as part of Samsung Experience 9.0 which begins rolling out now[1], this new emoji release will bring many of Samsungโ€™s notoriously divergent designs much more in line with those of other vendors.

Above: Samsung's previous rolling eyes emoji presented a very different meaning compared to all other vendors.

In doing so, almost all the facial expressions have undergone at least minor revisions (farewell, artful tilt) and a large number of other tweaks large and small have been made across the wider icon set.

North of a thousand design modifications have been made: some major, some minor and some so misicule they're near invisible to the human eye. Additionally, 239 brand new emojis (including gender and skin tone variants) have been added within the update, brining Samsung deviceโ€™s emoji offering in line with March 2017โ€™s Emoji 5.0.


Samsung are the last major vendor to unveil their incarnations of the Emoji 5.0 icons. This updated included 9 new facial emojis, including ๐Ÿคฉ Star-Struck, ๐Ÿคฏ Exploding Head and ๐Ÿคฌ Face With Symbols on Mouth.


It also featured several gender neutral icons for ๐Ÿง’ Child, ๐Ÿง‘ Adult and ๐Ÿง“ Older Adult, while also providing a male ๐Ÿง” Bearded Person as well as a woman ๐Ÿคฑ Breast-Feeding and a ๐Ÿง• Woman With Headscarf.

Take note of their skin tone also: with Samsung Experience 9.0, Samsung is now setting their default emoji skin for people and their associated limns to the cartoonish yellow recommended by Unicode and seen as standard across other vendors.

Emoji 5.0 also of course introduced a wide set of fantasy creatures such as ๐Ÿงš Fairies, ๐ŸงŸ Zombies, ๐Ÿง› Vampires and ๐Ÿงœ Merpeople, each with a male and female variation[2].

Other new across the other categories include ๐Ÿง  Brain, ๐Ÿฆ’ Giraffe, ๐Ÿฅช Sandwich, ๐Ÿฅง Pie (showing just its crust, meaning it could be either sweet or savoury), and quite possibly the cutest incarnations of two new dinosaur emojis, ๐Ÿฆ• Sauropod and ๐Ÿฆ– T-Rex.



As I indicated earlier, there has clearly been a conscious effort from Samsung to more away from their "unique emoji suite" and make their designs converge with those of the other major vendors.

This has had a sizable effect on more facial expressions than just ๐Ÿ™„ Face With Rolling Eyes and ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Face Screaming in Fear: ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Grimacing Face and ๐Ÿ˜ซ Tired Face have lost their anime flair, while ๐Ÿ˜‹ Face Savoring Food, ๐Ÿ˜ Smirking Face and ๐Ÿคค Drooling Face[3] have changed substantially enough to have their intended meanings made clearer.

Other faces have also had their tilt removed, facing directly forward as opposed to being slightly pivoted, with additional icon-specific changes also being made. These include emoji MVPs ๐Ÿ˜‚ Face With Tears of Joy, now with the standard two large tears as opposed to four small ones, and ๐Ÿ˜ Smiling Face With Heart-Eyes, the latter of which no longer looks bowelled over in ecstasy.

All of the "kissing faces" have also been tweaked to removing the little heart icon by the mouth where it didn't appear for other vendors, allowing a non-intimate whistling connotation across platforms for at least the non-winking variant. The tongue-sticking-out faces have also been brought in line, with the eyes made less watery and their blushing cheeks removed.

Other faces have had small but noticeable edits, such as those visible on ๐Ÿค‘ Money-Mouth Face, ๐Ÿคข Nauseated Face and ๐Ÿค Zipper-Mouth Face.

And, as was mentioned when looking at the new Emoji 5.0 humans, all people and body part icons now default to the "Simpsons yellow" skin tone. This of course includes the hand gestures, some of which are shown below[4].


As well as this, almost all of the human icons (including occupations) have been tweaked. Some examples are shown below, including a much less sinister ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธ Detective and David Bowie-inspired ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽค Man Singer and ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽค Woman Singer icons.


In regards the non-human characters, there are several noteworthy changes. Firstly, all of the cat faces are now a yellowish colour and have black cartoon eyes as opposed to their previous grey fur and blue eyes combo. ๐Ÿ˜บ Grinning Cat Face is shown as an example below.

And the ever-popular ๐Ÿ’ฉ Pile of Poo now has a smiling mouth to go alongside its eyes (although its eyebrows have vanished)!

Making quite the dramatic change, the ๐Ÿ‘ฟ Imp face has lost its impishness and been converted into the norm: a displeased version of ๐Ÿ˜ˆ Smiling Face With Horns, which itself has been changed from red to the more common purple colouring.


Next, the ๐Ÿ‘พ Alien Monster is no longer a more bulbous yellow version of ๐Ÿ‘ฝ Alien, but now shows the purple tentacle creature (though not pixeled in a Space Invaders fashion).


And, just as Samsung's dancing woman discovered the tango, ๐Ÿ•บ Man Dancing has now been standardised into showing off his Saturday Night Fever cosplay.


๐Ÿ’… Nail Polish has been reoriented for that upward-tilt sass.


While ๐Ÿ‘ป Ghost is now playful and cheeky.


Moving away from humans and humanoids, both the ๐Ÿ‰ Dragon and ๐Ÿฒ Dragon Face are now both in-keeping with the traditional Chinese depictions of the fantasy creature, while the ๐Ÿ Snake has gone from cute to realistic[5]


Both the ๐ŸฆŠ Fox Face and ๐Ÿบ Wolf Face have been updated.


The versions of โ›น๏ธ Person Bouncing Ball is now actually bouncing their basketball, akin to other vendors.


๐Ÿ“ฟ Prayer Beads no longer feature a crucifix, again akin to other vendors.


The ๐Ÿ“› Name Badge, which in the last Samsung emoji update received three letters assumed to be initials in its central white strip, now has had those same letters removed. Similarly, initials have been removed from ๐Ÿ““ Notebook, ๐Ÿ“’ Ledger and ๐Ÿท๏ธ Label in their re-designs.[6]


๐ŸŽŒ Crossed Flags, ๐Ÿ—พ Map of Japan and ๐Ÿ’น Chart Increasing With Yen have each received graphic revisions, though their continued inclusion in Samsung's emoji set is of note in and of itself.


The various moon phases, such as ๐ŸŒ’ Waxing Crescent Moon and ๐ŸŒ” Waxing Gibbous Moon, have also had their background sky imagery removed and now show the darkened parts of its surface.


And finally, fans and denizens of Sesame Street, rejoice:


The Cookie Monster can rest assured that in the future he won't get mistakenly accused of making off-brand declarations of love for salted crackers.

Still Divergent

Despite the significant changes outlined above, however, there are still some emojis which remain out-of-sync with the designs seen on other major vendors.

Perhaps most notable are the ๐Ÿ‘ฏ Women With Bunny Ears and ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™‚๏ธ Men With Bunny Ears.

Although they have both received a change in the colour of the tops, making them match those worn by other Samsung men and women, they remain a single person wearing white bunny ears. This them in line with Facebook, but in contrast to Apple, Google, Microsoft and Twitter.[7]


As well as this, the ๐Ÿ‡บ Regional Indicator Symbol Letter U and ๐Ÿ‡ป Regional Indicator Symbol Letter V remain inverted, meaning that if users happen to view one of these emojis in isolation, "U" will appear as a "V" and vice versa.

Overall, this update appears to retain a lot of the charm of Samsung's emoji set, while fixing the most egregious cross-platform compatibility issues.


Samsung is releasing Experience 9.0 now as part of its Android Oreo update for Galaxy S8 users. Access to this update will (us usual) vary by region and carrier, with the first users having just received this update over the preceding days.

A wider release of Experience 9.0 is likely if or when this version comes standard on the rumored Galaxy S9 which is expected to be announced on February 25 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

  1. Some markets such as Germany began seeing this last week, though the wider rollout starts now. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ

  2. While there are also gender-neutral versions possible for these fantasy characters, at present all vendors default to displaying one of their gendered versions if no gender sign ZWJ is in effect. For Samsung, this is the female version of all seven new fantasy characters. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ

  3. Though it's too little too late for actress Jessica Chastain! โ†ฉ๏ธŽ

  4. ๐Ÿคž Crossed Fingers continues on as its five-fingered version, despite its earlier stint representing The Princess Bridge's Six-Fingered Man. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ

  5. Perhaps in reaction to 2016's Taylor Swift / Kayne West feud's propulsion of the icon's usage as an insult. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ

  6. Though initial letters still remain on the likes of ๐Ÿ“” Notebook With Decorative Cover, ๐Ÿ“• Closed Book and ๐Ÿ“ฆ Package. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ

  7. This dates back to the Japanese origin of this emoji where some carriers had a single woman, and others had two. Earlier designs from other vendors also used to show one woman. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ