As more people of all ages, devices, and tech savvy adopt emojis in their texts and online messages, we must address a problem few seem to realize: Emojis look very different on different platforms.
Unicode—the standard programming language that allows communication between platforms—is pretty much foolproof for text. Words are words, and there are no cross-platform kinks to work out. But when it comes to emoji characters, things get a bit trickier. Because of licensing issues, many messaging systems on different platforms must develop their own interpretations of the corresponding emoji symbols, so an emoji on an iPhone may appear very different on an Android. And let’s just say the results … vary.
To get to the bottom of the cross-platform issues, we compared every single emoji on different systems and identified the biggest discrepancies between the Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung sets. Watch the video above to find out just how much can be lost in emoji translation.