Today Samsung has officially begun rolling out their support for Android 13 via their One UI 5.0 update. This update introduces support not only for 2021 emoji recommendations such as the Melting Face and Heart Hands, but also emojis from the recent 2022 list such as the Shaking Face and the plain Pink Heart.
This means that Samsung is the first emoji vendor to support the latest batch of emoji recommendations - Emoji 15.0 - across their devices.
This is a significant departure from Samsung's release schedule of recent years, where Samsung users were often left waiting roughly a year before their device's native emoji font provided support for Unicode's recommendations.
That's not to say that this update will be the first time Samsung users will be seeing all of the new emojis within today's One UI 5.0 update: those running Android 12 via One UI 4.0 and above will most likely have experienced Google's Noto Color Emoji designs for 2021's Emoji 14.0 recommendations.
- Shaking Face
- Melting Face
- Face with Open Eyes and Hand Over Mouth
- Face with Peeking Eye
- Saluting Face
- Dotted Line Face
- Face with Diagonal Mouth
- Face Holding Back Tears
- Pink Heart
- Light Blue Heart
- Grey Heart
- Heart Hands
- Hand with Index Finger and Thumb Crossed
- Index Pointing at the Viewer
- Rightwards Hand
- Leftwards Hand
- Palm Down Hand
- Palm Up Hand
- Rightwards Pushing Hand
- Leftwards Pushing Hand
Additionally, there are 20 new skin tone modifier variations of the 🤝 Handshake emoji as recommended in the 2021 emoji list.
- 🏻🏼 Handshake: Light Skin Tone, Medium-Light Skin Tone
- 🏻🏽 Handshake: Light Skin Tone, Medium Skin Tone
- 🏻🏾 Handshake: Light Skin Tone, Medium-Dark Skin Tone
- 🏻🏿 Handshake: Light Skin Tone, Dark Skin Tone
- 🏼🏻 Handshake: Medium-Light Skin Tone, Light Skin Tone
- 🏼🏽 Handshake: Medium-Light Skin Tone, Medium Skin Tone
- 🏼🏾 Handshake: Medium-Light Skin Tone, Medium-Dark Skin Tone
- 🏼🏿 Handshake: Medium-Light Skin Tone, Dark Skin Tone
- 🏽🏻 Handshake: Medium Skin Tone, Light Skin Tone
- 🏽🏼 Handshake: Medium Skin Tone, Medium-Light Skin Tone
- 🏽🏾 Handshake: Medium Skin Tone, Medium-Dark Skin Tone
- 🏽🏿 Handshake: Medium Skin Tone, Dark Skin Tone
- 🏾🏻 Handshake: Medium-Dark Skin Tone, Light Skin Tone
- 🏾🏼 Handshake: Medium-Dark Skin Tone, Medium-Light Skin Tone
- 🏾🏽 Handshake: Medium-Dark Skin Tone, Medium Skin Tone
- 🏾🏿 Handshake: Medium-Dark Skin Tone, Dark Skin Tone
- 🏿🏻 Handshake: Dark Skin Tone, Light Skin Tone
- 🏿🏼 Handshake: Dark Skin Tone, Medium-Light Skin Tone
- 🏿🏽 Handshake: Dark Skin Tone, Medium Skin Tone
- 🏿🏾 Handshake: Dark Skin Tone, Medium-Dark Skin Tone
Three new people emojis have been also been added to Samsung's emoji set: the gender-neutral Person with Crown and Pregnant Person, as well as the Pregnant Man. Each of these is drawn from 2021's Emoji 14.0 recommendations.
🐻 Animals & Nature has received 11 new additions:
- 🐦⬛ Black Bird
- Empty Nest
- Nest with Eggs
- Pea Pod
- Pouring Liquid
- Playground Slide
- Ring Buoy
- Mirror Ball
- Low Battery
- Folding Hand Fan
- Hair Pick
- Identification Card
- Heavy Equals Sign
Additionally, this update corrects a design implementation bug in the Samsung emoji set since late 2021's One UI 4.0.
The 🧔 Person: Beard emoji now has a gender-neutral design, while 🧔♂️ Man: Beard is now displayed with the more expectedly male design that 🧔 Person: Beard originally debuted in 2018's Samsung Experience 9.0.
😈 Smiling Face with Horns no longer has white pupils and has had its coloring reworked.
A similar change has also been made for 👿 Angry Face with Horns.
🤚 Raised Back of Hand now correctly displays the back of a hand.
🤳 Selfie now resembles larger-screened mobile devices such as the Galaxy S22.
🦶 Foot is now pointing to the right instead of to the left.
🦴 Bone is now grey instead of brown.
🦒 Giraffe now displays the full animal, as per other vendors' designs.
🦏 Rhinoceros now shows the full animal, as per other vendors.
🦜 Parrot has..., making it more similar to Apple and Google's designs.
🪲 Beetle is now green, as per most other vendors.
👘 Kimono is now blue instead of a reddish pink.
🥿 Flat Shoe is now blue instead of pink.
🩰 Ballet Shoes now have bows on the vamp and have had their ribbon laces repositioned.
🪖 Military Helmet no longer features a camouflage design.
📨 Incoming Envelope is now shooting off to the right, as per other vendors.
📈 Chart Increasing now has an upwards line that better matches those of other vendors.
📉 Chart Decreasing now has its dowwards line better matches those of other vendors.
🧩 Puzzle Piece is now green instead of orange.
⚕️ Medical Symbol no longer has a block purple background.
🤖 Samsung's Android Emojis
While One UI 5.0 is the first time these new emojis have been supported in Samsung's native emoji design set, it is unlikely to be the first time many Samsung users have seen many of these emojis on their devices.
However, as mentioned briefly above, many users may have already spotted the likes of Melting Face, Heart Hands, and Face Holding Back Tears across platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, the Google Chrome browser app, or within their emoji keyboard if they are using Google's Gboard mobile keyboard application.
This AppCompat update meant that applications running the latest version of the Android compatibility library would have access to Google's emoji designs if a device's native emoji set has yet to provide support for that particular emoji.
Since Google began rolling out its support for Emoji 14.0 back in October 2021, users of Samsung devices running Android 12 would have therefore seen Google's emoji in select applications instead of a missing character symbol.
Additionally, while they have released their Emoji 15.0 designs via a Noto Color Emoji font file, Google have yet to formally begin the rollout of their Emoji 15.0 support across their various devices and platforms.
This means that in a significant departure from previous years' emoji releases, Samsung users are the first to experience support for the latest emoji recommendations from Unicode within their devices' native font.
The rollout of Samsung's One UI 5.0 update has begun today for the Galaxy S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra devices in select regions.
The rollout of One UI 5.0 is expected to continue over the next number of weeks and months, with rollout varying by device and region across 2022.