Samsung has today released its latest flagship device: the Galaxy Note 9, which is the first release from Samsung to include support for Emoji 11.0. New emojis shipping on this device include a cold face, hot face, and pleading face.
This is noteworthy in and of itself, as prior to 2018 Samsung were noteably slower than other vendors in delivering emoji updates.
What doesn't change with these releases is that despite the prompt addition of new emoji support for new devices, many older Samsung phones are provided with these software updates slowly, or not at all.
Above: The four new hair style emojis: red hair, curly hair, grey hair and bald.[4:1]
As per the spec, separate sequences exist for the versions of these emojis for women and men.
Above: New Superhero and Supervillain emojis on Samsung Experience 9.5.
Above: New animal emojis in Samsung Experience 9.5.
Above: New entries in the food and drink category on the Galaxy Note 9.
Emoji 11.0 also features multiple new objects relating to science, sports and domestic living. All new emojis featured in Samsung Experience 9.5 can be viewed here.
The majority of emojis look the same in this release as all previous releases. Only one emoji has noticably changed appearance which is the ♾️ Infinity emoji which changed its color from gray to blue.[3:1]
Additionally, 👁️🗨️ Eye in Speech Bubble emoji does not appear to be supported in Samsung Experience 9.5.
It is presently unclear if its removal was intentional or not, but the disappearance of certain emoji designs is not unknown to Samsung users. It's possible this is a bug, and we could see it returned in a future update.
Samsung has historically featured some interesting deviations from emoji design norms. This update features no changes to outstanding deviations, such as the various initials features across 📔 Notebook With Decorative Cover, 📕 Closed Book, 💾 Floppy Disk, 💳 Credit Card, 📦 Package and 🚅 Bullet Train.
🇺 Regional Indicator Symbol Letter U also still oddly displays as a "V" instead of a "U", though regional indicator letters are not intended be displayed in isolation - they are intended solely for the creation of flag emojis.
Samsung Experience 9.5 is available from today, coming included by default on the newly-released Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
Wider rollout of this update to other Samsung devices is expected over the coming weeks and months, though its availability with vary by location, device and mobile phone carrier.
Samsung has confirmed this update will be made available to devices which get the Android 8.1 Oreo updates, which at the time of writing means only devices released in 2018. The Galaxy S8 released in 2017 is not currently receiving these updates, and its unclear if or when this may change.
Users are advised to get in touch with Samsung or their carrier to see if or when they plan to support this update on their own device.
- View all Samsung emojis
- View all new emojis in this release
- View all changed emojis in this release
- Samsung Experience 9.1 Emoji Changelog
Above: A selection of new emojis available on new Samsung devices. Image: Samsung / Emojipedia Composite.
While the Unicode name for this emoji's code point specifies three hearts, Samsung has opted to show four heats. This echoes Emojipedia's original sample image for this character, designed by Joshua Jones. In practice, the concept conveyed is the same, regardless of the number of hearts. ↩︎
The ♾️ Infinity has had an emoji design option on Samsung devices since 2013, based on the Unicode “Permanent Paper Sign” character introduced to devices in 2005. However, this emoji was not recommended for general interchange (RGI) until the release of Emoji 11.0 earlier this year. ↩︎ ↩︎
These hair styles are created by combining 👨 Man and 👩 Woman with one of four new emoji components: 🦰 Emoji Component Red Hair, 🦱 Emoji Component Curly Hair, 🦲 Emoji Component Bald and 🦳 Emoji Component White Hair. These emoji components are given graphical representation within Samsung Experience 9.5. ↩︎ ↩︎