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Samsung is no longer ignoring the emojis that came out in 2021

Samsung will be bringing 138 new emojis to its devices.

Published onOctober 27, 2022

Blob emoji sticker pack on a Pixel 6 with a yellow and black background
Rita El Khoury / Android Authority
  • Samsung’s One UI 5 update will bring support for Unicode 15 before Android 13.
  • Samsung is also finally providing support for Unicode 14.
  • The emojis in Unicode 14 came out in 2021.

Samsung is finally rolling out the stable version of its Android 13-based One UI 5 update to its phones. With that update will come support for Unicode 15. This means Samsung’s phones will be the first Android phones to have the latest emojis. Ironically, it will also be one of the last remaining Android phones to finally adopt the group of emojis that came out in 2021.

Back in September, Emojipedia announced a new batch of emojis were coming our way through the latest version of the Unicode Standard — a consistent encoding, representation, and handling of text — called Unicode 15. With it would come 31 new emojis including things like a shaking face, a jellyfish, a hair pick, and more.

The same day the announcement was made, Google announced it would be bringing support for Unicode 15 for Android by December. Apparently, that wasn’t soon enough for Samsung as Emojipedia’s blog announced Samsung was already rolling out support for Unicode 15 through its One UI 5 update.

While this will make Samsung’s phones the first Android phones to embrace Unicode 15, the real story is One UI 5 will bring a total of 138 new emojis to Samsung phones. As mentioned earlier, Unicode 15 only contains 31 new emojis, so where are all these other emojis coming from?

The answer to that question is Unicode 14. Until One UI 5, Samsung had ignored the 107 emojis that came with Unicode 14 back in 2021. But its new update will finally bring support for them.

It would’ve been nice if Samsung owners would’ve had these emojis earlier. But as they say, better late than never. If you would like to see what’s included in Unicode 14, you can see them for yourself on Emojipedia’s website.

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