Android 13 is rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S22 lineup, bringing Google’s latest operating system to some of the best phones you can buy today.
At a time when the cost of living is rising, it’s nice to find a way to do more with the technology you already have, and getting Android 13 on the Galaxy S22 means you’ll get new software features without the lengthy update, wait a bit from the best Samsung phones that have had to put up with Past. Android 13 gives devices like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra core on par with the Google Pixel 7 Pro, and it’s one of our picks for the best Android phones.
Android 13 has started rolling out in the US, but other countries are set to get the mobile OS update soon; If you have a Galaxy S22, go to its settings and tap on the Software update option to have the phone check if it has an update waiting for it. I’m in the UK and this on my Galaxy S22 Ultra triggered the phone to download Android 13.
Downloading Android 13 on your Galaxy phone also brings with it One UI 5, Samsung’s latest look for Android. This basically requires a lot of Android 13 features and adds a Samsung touch of software paint to it.
Android 13 on Samsung Galaxy S22
There are a lot of updates with Android 13 and One UI 5, but along with some visual tweaks, notable changes include the ability to customize your lock screen with more notification settings and have options like a live preview of what’s in those notifications. You can also select a different call background for each contact.
Speaking of screens, the home screen widgets have been upgraded to allow you to stack them to save screen space without giving up a bunch of handy widgets. One such tool is the new Smart Suggestions, which suggest which apps you might want to use, people you might want to connect with, and other helpful tips based on your phone usage habits.
Another feature of Android 13 that I’m keen to check out on the S22 Ultra is the ability to add watermarks to photos, so that your carefully captured shots aren’t stolen by unscrupulous online types. I’m also excited that ‘food’ mode is now supported on the S22’s telephoto camera for better close-ups of thoughtfully served brunches – yes, I’m one of those people, sorry.
There’s also a bunch of streamlined functions, as well as more photo-editing features and productivity adjustments; This should be ideal if you are a power user of the Galaxy S22 Ultra and its S Pen. and new security options, including a maintenance mode that locks down a user’s personal data if they need to repair their phone, adding peace of mind to the entire Samsung Galaxy experience.
In short, if you don’t have Android 13 yet on your Galaxy S22, it might be worth giving the phone a boost to check for updates. And if this piqued your interest in getting a new phone, check out our Black Friday Deals live blog to see if there are any early Samsung phone deals we’ll be looking for between now and Black Friday itself and Internet Monday.