Samsung's Android software layer One UI now supports the latest emojis, for any devices setup to receive One UI version 2.5.

Alongside 116 brand new emojis, this update includes a sizable number of design changes, with many of these being new gender neutral designs for previously-released people emojis.

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Above: all the new emojis within Samsung One UI 2.5. Image: Samsung / Emojipedia composite.

All of the 116 new emojis in One UI 2.5 are based on Emoji 13.0.[1]

Furthermore, nearly a thousand previously released emojis have had their designs updated in One UI 2.5. A significant proportion of these changes are due to gender inclusive designs being used where emojis don't specify a gender.

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Above: Gender neutral emojis in Samsung One UI 2.5. Image: Samsung / Emojipedia composite.

The need to choose a specific gender when sending an emoji such as a ๐Ÿ‘ฎ Police Officer or ๐Ÿ„ Person Surfing is no longer a requirement, while for gendered variations such as ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Woman Police Officer and ๐Ÿ„โ€โ™‚๏ธ Man Surfing remain options. This change follows other major vendors, who began to introduce similar gender neutral designs in the fall[2] of 2019.

Previous Samsung One UI versions displayed non-gender-specifying using either the ๐Ÿ‘จ Man or (more often than not) the ๐Ÿ‘ฉ Woman variant.[3]

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Following this update Samsung's human emojis follow the same gender-based color pattern as Google and Twitter: purple for the ๐Ÿ‘ฉ Woman, orange for gender neutral ๐Ÿง‘ Person, and blue for the ๐Ÿ‘จ Man emojis.

๐Ÿ†• New

One UI 2.5 includes two new smiley emojis and a single new gesture emoji, namely ๐Ÿฅฒ Smiling Face with Tear, ๐Ÿฅธ Disguised Face, and ๐ŸคŒ Pinched Fingers. As with all gesture emojis on Samsung devices[4], ๐ŸคŒ Pinched Fingers supports skin tone modifiers.

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Also included in One UI 2.5 are two new anatomy-based emojis, ๐Ÿซ€ Anatomical Heart and a pair of ๐Ÿซ Lungs.

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There are eight new people emojis introduced in this update, all with skin tone support bar the abstracted ๐Ÿซ‚ People Hugging (as per Unicode's recommendation).

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There are 12 new animal emojis in One UI 2.5, including the ZWJ sequence ๐Ÿˆโ€โฌ› Black Cat and ๐Ÿปโ€โ„๏ธ Polar Bear emojis.

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There are eight new food and drink emojis, including the popular ๐Ÿง‹ Bubble Tea emoji.

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The remaining new emojis included in One UI 2.5 can be placed within the broad categories of nature, objects, and symbols. Amongst these are a ๐Ÿช… Piรฑata, a ๐Ÿชƒ Boomerang, and the ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€โšง๏ธ Transgender Flag

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๐Ÿ†™ Changed

๐Ÿคฃ Rolling on the Floor Laughing has a bigger open-mouthed smile and larger tears of joy.

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๐Ÿคค Drooling Face has had the placement of its eyes and eyebrows modified.

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๐Ÿง Face with Monocle now has its mouth slightly open and has thicker eyebrows contorted in a new fashion.

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๐Ÿ˜ต Dizzy Face has had its eyebrows inverted, with its X-shaped eyes now closer together.

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๐Ÿ˜– Confounded Face has had its pained mouth and eyes more closely crunched together.

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๐Ÿ‘ฐ Person With Veil has a new gender-inclusive appearance, making way for the new gender-specific options in this release.

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๐Ÿคต Person in Tuxedo has a new gender-inclusive appearance, making way for the new gender-specific options in this release.

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๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿคโ€๐Ÿง‘ People Holding Hands now has both gender neutral individuals wearing orange instead of green.

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๐Ÿฆธโ€โ™€๏ธ Woman Superhero's costume now has a purple cape and mask, echoing the purple used for other ๐Ÿ‘ฉ Woman emojis within the set.

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๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿฆฑ Woman: Medium-Light Skin Tone, Curly Hair now has dark blond hair, matching other emojis using this skin tone within the set.

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๐Ÿ‘ช Family now displays two gender neutral adults and one gender neutral ๐Ÿง’ Child.

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๐Ÿคผ People Wrestling now features two non-gender-specific people both wearing orange.[7]

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๐Ÿ’‘ Couple with Heart now displays two gender neutral people instead of a ๐Ÿ‘ฉ Woman and ๐Ÿ‘จ Man.

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๐Ÿ‘† Input

All 116 new emoji designs are accessible via the latest version of the Samsung emoji keyboard.[8]

When using the Samsung emoji keyboard, all three gender options are displayed upfront in the keyboard for all people emojis. This is distinct from Google Gboard keyboard, where only the gender neutral designs are shown initially and gender-specific variants can be accessed by pressing and holding down on a specific gender neutral emoji.

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Above: various people emojis as displayed in the Samsung emoji keyboard in One UI 2.5.

Users are also able to access skin tone variants of ๐Ÿค Handshake and the three versions of ๐Ÿ‘ฏ People with Bunny Ears. These skin tone options are not currently recommended for general interchange (RGI) by Unicode.

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Above: the skin tone options for the ๐Ÿค Handshake emoji in One UI 2.5. Photo: Keith Broni / Emojipedia.org

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Above: the skin tone options for the ๐Ÿ‘ฏ People with Bunny Ears emoji in One UI 2.5. Photo: Keith Broni / Emojipedia.org

There is an issue with the ๐Ÿ‘ช Family emoji, however. Despite the ๐Ÿ‘ช Family design being updated to display gender neutral individuals, the non-RGI skin tone modifier versions of this emoji were not updated in the same way.

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Above: the non-RGI ๐Ÿ‘ช Family emoji skin tone options still display with gendered designs. Photo: Keith Broni / Emojipedia.org

๐Ÿ” Two Androids

Samsung is now the only Android vendor to ship phones using its own custom emoji font that differs from the emoji set provided by Google.

In past years, companies such as LG and HTC provided their own emoji sets, but these have since been abandoned.

For phones running Android, the rule is now that the emojis shown will be from Google, unless the phone is a Samsung.

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Above: Samsung emojis are glossier and sometimes more detailed than those from Google. Images: Samsung, Google / Emojipedia composite.

The caveat here being that many apps on Android also use their own custom emoji designs, regardless of whether run on Samsung or not. These include Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp.

๐Ÿ“ถ Release

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra are the first Samsung devices to include One UI 2.5 out of the box, shipping to users from August 21, 2020.

Rollout of One UI 2.5 varies by device and region, with additional Samsung phones receiving this update throughout September and October 2020.


  1. While Emoji 13.0 recommends 117 new emojis, Samsung has supported the โšง Transgender Symbol emoji component since 2013. Prior to One UI 2.5, this emoji component was not recommended for general interchange (RGI) by Unicode. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ

  2. Northern hemisphere fall, that is. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ

  3. Exceptions to this come from One UI 1.5's gender neutral emojis, such as ๐Ÿง Deaf Person. These were given a gender neutral appearance and were shown wearing green clothing, but have now been changed to wear orange clothing in One UI 2.5. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ

  4. On Samsung devices this includes the ๐Ÿค Handshake, for which skin tone modifiers are not currently RGI. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ

  5. ๐Ÿคตโ€โ™‚๏ธ Man in Tuxedo is a new sequence with the design previously used for ๐Ÿคต Person in Tuxedo, with ๐Ÿคต Person in Tuxedo now displaying a gender neutral design. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ

  6. ๐Ÿ‘ฐโ€โ™€๏ธ Woman with Veil is a new sequence with the design previously used for ๐Ÿ‘ฐ Person With Veil, with ๐Ÿ‘ฐ Person With Veil now displaying a gender neutral design. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ

  7. Unintentionally channelling of the Spider-Man Pointing at Spider-Man meme. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ

  8. While accessing new emojis on the emoji keyboard might be considered a standard feature, this cannot be taken for granted on Samsung devices: Samsung Experience 9.5 introduced support for new emojis but didn't include any way to input them on the default emoji keyboard. โ†ฉ๏ธŽ