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Vote: what platform has the best and worst emoji?

We recently learned that a single emoji can have different meanings depending on what device or platform you and the person you're communicating with are using. A lot of people overlook this because of the simple fact that they've never used an iPhone or Samsung device. Let's take a look at five major manufacturers and find out which have the best and worst emoji.

same emoji different platforms
A visualization of how differently one emoji is interpreted. / © GroupLens

From Apple's attempts at realism – seemingly a lazy hangover from its more skeuomorphic days – to Google's hilariously oddball creations, the emoji we use vary widely in appearance, and thus interpretation, across different platforms.

Google's are almost certain to be taken more humorously, while HTC's maintain a pale, slightly tranquilized gaze that is unnerving in a deep and obscure way. Samsung's, on the other hand, have that glossy pride that hints at a simpler world but also feels more than a little tacky.

These are just my takes, of course, what I really want are your opinions. Spread your gaze over the table I've laboriously pieced together and vote on which platform you think has the best and the worst emoji.

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The same emoji, but very different emotions. / © ANDROIDPIT

The hats are in the ring, let's emojiwrestle.

Who has the best emoji?
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Who has the worst emoji?
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How do they all make you feel? Let me know in the comments.


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  • badass 5 months ago Link to comment


  • badass 5 months ago Link to comment

    yaa i havebeen cing this for a ling time

  • Alex R. 5 months ago Link to comment

    I like Samsung and Google been bored with apple emoji in whatsapp

  • samsung is best

  • I really like apple emoji

  • Paolo 5 months ago Link to comment

    I'm just happy Apple's finally offering what some are calling "Politically Correct" emoji (different skin shades)...

  • The best emoji in the biz are Twitter's. Everyone else's is a mess.

  • Haha, I like Samsung, its very fun, beauty and strange

  • Sherzod Abdujabborov
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    5 months ago Link to comment

    Haa.. pretty darn fascinating given there are dozens of designers, product managers, social scientists and others involved in creating these emojis.

    I would not be surprised if emojis in the future were somewhat culturally localized, but then when I send, let's say that apple's happy pile of crap, from country A the recipient from country B sees it more fitting her or his cultural context (uhm not so happy pile of crap?).


  • something a little offtopic, but i was always wondering, if you can use the well known apple emojis for your own (commercial) purpose? i see it all the time, but i doubt that companies like small t-shirt labels all have bought a license from apple. i wasnt able to google any licensing informations.

  • Frank 5 months ago Link to comment

    I prefer Samsung's, although Apple does have the happiest pile of shit. LG is second. Google's are just plain horrendous!

  • is Apple's smiley really a smile...
    more of a halloween grimace, or the false smile of a fraudster as he rips you off with a 40% profit margin that he's not paying taxes on....

  • I think that Apple's are the best and Google are the absolute worst. Google emojis look like Sega Graphics. Stuff from 1991. By the way, I don't use an Apple phone, I use Samsung's Note.

  • Although I use Google /Android vanilla but SwiftKey shows emoji like Apple and I like it that way. It's neat n clean. Looks like real thing.

  • Mark 5 months ago Link to comment

    I think Apple's happy face looks like someone who has been constipated for a week trying to have a BM

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