Google released Android 13 earlier this year in August, but the update hasn’t reached many phones and tablets yet. Samsung is now starting to bring Android 13 to their phones, starting with the Galaxy S22 series.
Samsung is now rolling out its version of Android 13, known as One UI 5.0, on the Galaxy S22 series. Initial reports were mostly limited to Europe, but it started rolling out in the United States as well. Verizon has started pushing the update to phones and more carriers (and unlocked versions) are likely to follow soon.
One UI 5 includes everything in Google’s regular update for Android 13, such as an improved taskbar for tablets, new media control widgets, updated security, and new features for app developers. Samsung has added a number of features on top, including more lock screen customization features (possibly inspired by iOS 16), more cover screen themes on the Galaxy Z Flip series, Samsung Wallet for mobile payments and cards (which started rolling out in June) and other changes.
Like most system updates for Android devices, One UI 5 is a phased rollout, so not everyone will be able to access it right now. It is unknown when stable updates for other models will appear, such as the Galaxy Z series, older S flagships and Galaxy Tabs. If previous major releases are any indication, the update should appear on more devices in the coming weeks and months.
sources: SAMSUNGThe Verge, DroidLife