When you update your smartphone to Android 13you will discover new features and modifications such as Hardware you support for third-party app iconsthe ability to disable app notifications immediately, and schedule dark mode at bedtime, among a host of other options. Of course, to try out these new Android 13 features, you need to install the update, and youUnfortunately, not all Android phones can handle Android 13 right now (some never will).
Why does it take some phones so long to get Android 13?
Android is a unique operating system. Google develops it, including its new updates, but Google’s version is not the one that appears on most phones. After Google created a new version of Android (e.g. Android 13), smartphone manufacturers create their own version of this update, called skin. For example, Samsung makes “One UI”, OnePlus makes “OxygenOS”, and Asus makes “ZenUI”, to name a few.
These skins all adjust android to fit particular devices and ecosystems, but they are all based on the same underlying Android version. Both OneUI 5.0 and OxygenOS 13 are variants of Android 13 and all the new features included by Google.
While Google has worked hard in recent years to improve Android adoption by many smartphone manufacturers, it’s still painfully slow. The only surefire way to receive the latest version of Android as soon as it rolls is to buy a Pixel, Google’s own line of phones.
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Google Pixel phones supporting Android 13
Google’s list of supported Pixel devices isn’t shabby, but it does otherwise compatible phones. The company no longer supports Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a, which means these devices will never be see Android 13. However, those of us with a Pixel 4 or newer are still in the game:
- Pixel 4
- Pixel 4XL
- Pixel 4a
- Pixel 4a 5G
- Pixel 5
- Pixel 5a 5G
- Pixel 6
- Pixel 6 Pro
- Pixel 6a
Samsung Galaxy devices supporting Android 13 (OneUI 5.0)
Samsung is trailing closely behind Google in Android adoption. The company is rolling out new versions of Android at relative speed, although there are a waiting period when judged against pixels. Samsung also prioritizes its new smartphones for the latest Android updates, however earlier Generations of galaxies can become compatible with update in the future.
This month, Samsung rolled out OneUI 5.0 for several of its recent smartphones, including:
- Galaxy S22
- Galaxy S22+
- Galaxy S22 Ultra
- Galaxy S21
- Galaxy S21+
- Galaxy S21 Ultra
- Galaxy Note 20
- Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- Galaxy S20
- Galaxy S20+
- Galaxy S20 Ultra
However, there is a long list of Galaxy devices which will soon receive OneUI 5.0. The newest Galaxy Z Flip and Z Fold devices are expected to receive the update this month, while many of Samsung’s Galaxy A and Galaxy M series devices will receive the update between of December and April.
Vivo iQOO (Origin OS Ocean)
Vivo does not sell its iQOO line in the United States, but it Is have two devices now running Android 13, via Origin OS Ocean:
- Vivo iQOO 11
- long live iQOO Neo7
That’s all for the moment)
Unfortunately, that’s all list of supported android 13 phones as is. Like I said, Android phones are slow to adopt new updates, so the list is small, but growing. Samsung has only started the update their phones this month, and OnePlus is currently beta testing OxygenOS 13 for its suite of phones.
Google has also confirmed other Android OEMs are working to bring Android 13 to their devices this year. The list includes Asus, HMD (Nokia phones), Motorola, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Sony, Tecno, vivo and Xiaomi.
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