When Apple launches a software program replace on the iPhone, everybody will get it concurrently. However on the Android facet of issues, it’s depending on particular person producers. As an illustration, Samsung’s Android 13 replace wasn’t introduced till two weeks in the past, practically two months after Google debuted it for the Pixel gadgets. It’s solely now we’re studying when every gadget will get its bump.
The primary batch of telephones to get the replace is the Galaxy S22 collection, which incorporates the Galaxy S22+ and the Extremely. The second wave of the rollout is predicted in November, with updates for Samsung’s final two foldable generations, plus the Galaxy S21, Galaxy Observe 20, and Galaxy S20 collection of smartphones. Samsung pill customers may even see the replace to Android 13, with the Galaxy Tab S8 and Tab S7 collection being first on the listing.
The listing of gadgets getting updates was introduced through a push notification to Korean Samsung customers. It’s value noting these are references to Korean gadgets first, although the U.S. usually follows go well with shortly thereafter. 9to5Google helpfully factors out that the Galaxy S21 Fan Version, a bore of a cellphone, is “notably” lacking from this listing. (A lot for being a fan!) Regardless, in case you’re on a tool that’s not on this listing, think about upgrading as a result of it means it’s decrease on Samsung’s precedence listing.
Samsung’s software program that includes Android 13 is named One UI 5. It options all the identical capabilities as Android 13, together with extra shade palette choices, a brand new privateness dashboard, and higher help for various display sizes—notably tablets. A batch of Samsung-only options can be included within the replace, like Routines, customized name backgrounds, and widget-stacking a la iOS 16. Even Bixby’s getting a Textual content Name characteristic subsequent 12 months that helps reply the cellphone by typing in textual content. And the Upkeep Mode permits you to disguise your person information when sending your Samsung gadget in for restore.
Two months wasn’t a lengthy time to attend for Android 13 on Samsung gadgets, however you may nonetheless hear complaints. As I stated, Android has a storied historical past of software program replace fragmentation, and longtime customers nonetheless grumble—myself included. Nonetheless, this replace hit fairly rapidly since Android 13 is pretty minor in comparison with earlier variations.
You may examine to see in case your Galaxy S22 is prepared for the replace now. Within the U.S., Verizon additionally introduced it’s seeding Android 13 to the S22 on its community.