Developer’s Manual to Android Emoji: Samsung Galaxy 🌌

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Learn about how emoji are handled on the most popular mobile platform, Samsung. This is part of a series on how emoji have changed over time across mobile operating systems. Our initial post covered Google's Emoji on Android.

Emoji in Mobile Apps

In our debut game, Emoji Riddles™, relies on a number of different aspects of emoji to make each riddle decipherable. The illustration of the emoji matters for brainstorming the underlying words in each riddle. If the emoji illustrations are not consistent from player to player, some players could suffer a poor experience and have lower overall engagement. This post seeks to help developers understand key differences when relying on the system default emoji for use in a mobile application.


Samsung devices use their own emoji designs which are different to those used on other Android devices. These glossy emojis appear on devices such as the Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy Note series and are updated as part of the Samsung One UI interface layer (previously Samsung Experience, before that Samsung TouchWiz) which runs on top of Android. - Emojipedia

Source: StatCounter Global Stats - Device Vendor Market Share

Samsung TouchWiz (Discontinued)

Version Release Date Samsung Device(s) Android API Level Emoji Changes # Emoji
TouchWiz 5 2015-03-01 Galaxy S6, S6 Edge 21 N/A 1060
TouchWiz 5.1 2016-08-21 Galaxy Note 5, S6 Edge+ 22 Added 🙂 and 📸 1064
TouchWiz 6 2016-03-11 Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S7 Active, A9 Pro 23 Supports Unicode 7.0 and Unicode 8.0 1224
TouchWiz Grace UX 7.0 2016-08-19 Galaxy Note 7 23 Added emoji flags 1473
TouchWiz Grace UX 7.1 2016-09-22 Galaxy Note 7 23 Support for skin tone modifiers and Unicode 9.0 2006

TouchWiz was replaced by Samsung Experience in 2017 with the release of Android Nougat 7.1.1 (API Level 25).

Samsung Experience (Discontinued)

Version Release Date Samsung Device(s) Android API Level Emoji Changes # Emoji
Experience 8.0 2017-01-19 Galaxy S7, S7 Edge 24 Supports Emoji 4.0 2652
Experience 8.1 2017-04-21 Galaxy S8 24 Updated 🤞 2652
Experience 8.5 2017-09-15 Galaxy Note 8 25 Added 🗾, 💹, and 🎌 2655
Experience 9.0 2018-02-08 Galaxy S9 26 Support for Emoji 5.0. Yellow as the default skin color for emoji. Significant design convergence to align with other vendors. 2893
Experience 9.5 2018-08-09 Galaxy Note 9 27 Support for Emoji 11.0 3052
Experience 10.0 2018-11-01 Galaxy S10 series 28 Beta of One UI 1.0/1.1 3087

Samsung Experience was replaced by Samsung One UI in 2019 with the release of Android Nougat 9.0 (API Level 28).

Samsung One UI (Current)

Emoji Riddles™ Compatible Version Release Date Samsung Device(s) Android API Level Emoji Changes # Emoji
One UI 1.0 2019-02-20 Galaxy S10 series 28 Realistic animal designs, ©️, and ®️. 📅 now displays the date as July 17, the date of World Emoji Day. 3087
One UI 1.5 2019-08-23 Galaxy Note 10 28 Supports Emoji 12.0 3302
One UI 2.0 2020-01-31 Galaxy S10 Lite, Note 10 Lite 29 Corrected regional symbols 🇺 and 🇻. 3302
One UI 2.1 2020-02-14 Galaxy S20, Z Flip 29 Supports gender-neutral person ZWJ sequences available in Emoji 12.1 3440
One UI 2.5 2020-08-21 Galaxy Note 20 29 Support for Emoji 13.0 3556

Key Takeaways

  • Samsung has their own user interface software which runs on top of Android that includes custom designs for emoji.
  • Since Samsung relies on Android, their support for newer Emoji specifications typically lags by a few months the Google interface version of Android.
  • Emojipedia does an excellent job tracking everything going on in the world of emoji. We suggest following their updates on Samsung.

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