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Android Oreo finally fixes one of the worst features on Samsung phones

The rollout of Android Oreo on the Samsung Galaxy S8 range is also bringing relief to the firm’s long-suffering emoji users.

The new Samsung Experience 9.0, rolling out alongside Oreo, introduces an updated emoji library, which improves upon the design of some and eases confusion when it comes to others.

Some of the firm’s previous designs have verged from the standards on other platforms and even from other Android device manufacturers.

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For example, as Emojipedia points out, the “rolling eyes” in Samsung Experience 8.5 showed a relatively happy camper with a cheerful, optimistic look.

In 9.0, that cheeky smile has been replaced by straight-faced character with eyes at the apex of an epic roll. Thanks to Emojipedia we can see how it stacks up with other providers.


The screaming emoji now looks a little more like Munch’s painting, while the dancing woman now has a little finesse. Thankfully, chocolate chip cookies are no longer represented by crackers.

In total, Samsung phones running Experience 9.0 are also getting 239 brand new emoji, featuring those rolled out last March in Unicode 5.0.

Wizards, mermaids, elfs, mermaids and zombies are along for the ride, as well as the inclusive gender neutral emojis that arrived on iOS devices last year.

Image credit: Emojipedia

Unfortunately, only Galaxy S8 (and S8 Plus) owners installing Android Oreo are receiving the new Samsung Experience right now.

However, it seems certain those snapping up the new Galaxy S9 range this spring will receive it as standard.

We’re not sure whether the update has cleared up this little anomaly (via The Verge), which left Jessica Chastain red-faced earlier this month. Perhaps she could let us know?

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