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Android 13: Which phones are expected to get the update?

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Still in development, Android 13 is expected to bring more cosmetic, security, and privacy features. But which phones will receive the update? In this article, we list the smartphones that are expected to be updated to Android 13, beyond Google's own Pixel devices.

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With the Android brands slowly improving their update policies, it is increasingly easier to predict which phones will be supported in the future operating system versions. Some companies even promise longer support than Google.

Even though the OS is still in the early stages, we can already reasonably predict some things by analyzing the rollout for previous Android versions, like the beta test, and release date, which you can find in the article linked above. In short, Android 13 should be released around October, first with the Pixel phones, and then for other brands' phones.

Note: For the other brands, the list below is a work in progress and includes models that are currently expected to be updated according to the current software policies by the various companies. Needless to say, the list is subject to change.

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Which devices support Android 13 Beta right now

Google has just announced the Android 13 Beta access for Pixel and non-Pixel devices during the Google I/O 2022. Besides the Pixel devices already enrolled in the early development stages of Android 13, now some devices from specific manufacturers can join the initial beta too. Here’s the complete list of phones that can update to Android 13 beta 1 right now:

Besides the devices listed above, Nokia has also announced support, but the devices that will enroll are still unknown.

How to install the Android 13 beta on Pixel and non-Pixel phones

Updating your Pixel's operating system is performed automatically via an Over-the-Air (OTA) update if it was already enrolled in the test program. If this is not the case, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Transfer the downloaded firmware to the phone storage.
  2. Boot into Recovery mode.
  3. Navigate to ADB sideload.
  4. Connect your Pixel to a computer with ADB tools installed.
  5. Enter the sideload command.
  6. After the verification is completed, the system will be reboot!

These steps may vary from one smartphone to another, depending on the manufacturer. The tutorial above was based on a Pixel device, ff this is not the case, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Transfer the downloaded firmware to the phone storage.
  2. Turn on developer mode.
  3. Go to Settings > Software Update > Settings in the upper right corner > Manually select the installation package.
  4. Select the downloaded firmware package, click install after loading.
  5. After the verification is completed, the system will be restarted and updated!

That's it, I hope you were able to run Android 13 beta 1 on your Pixel/non-Pixel smartphone. Please feel free to send us your feedback on using Google's new OS in the comments of this article.

Google

Just like in the past five years or so, the Pixel phone line should be the first to receive the update. The stable release at the end of the year should be available for the same devices that are compatible with the current developer preview:

Google Pixel 5 and Google Pixel 6 side by side
The Pixel 5 (left) and Pixel 6 can already run the development builds for Android 13 / © NextPit

Samsung

After promising four years of software support and three versions of Android for its high-end phones in 2021, Samsung raised the stakes in 2022 by announcing four Android updates and five years of security patches for its flagship phones. After its quick rollout with Android 12 on the Galaxy S, Z, and Note ranges, the list for Android 13 will at least include the following models:

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 display open
The entire Galaxy Z range is expected to be updated to Android 13 / © NextPit

Xiaomi

Xiaomi tried to follow Samsung's steps by announcing that it was also extending the software support for its flagship phones, but since then, the Chinese brand published a webpage where it lists not only which updates each phone should receive but also the frequency of security patches. Archived here, just in case.

Xiaomi 11T Pro back
The 11T Pro not only changed Xiaomi's naming but also established a clear update policy for the brand / © NextPit

Oppo

When it comes to Oppo, the sheer number of phone ranges and all their suffixes (Lite, Neo, Plus, SE, etc.) makes it really hard to predict which phones will be updated to Android 13. In any case, the list should at least include the models below.

Oppo Find X5 Pro display
The Oppo Find X5 Pro will take ColorOS to Android 13 / © NextPit

Vivo

Vivo tried to match Samsung's policy by promising three Android updates for the flagship X60 Pro line, but made no guarantees to its mid-range and entry-level phones; therefore, the list for Android 13 is pretty barebones:

  • iQOO 8
  • iQOO 8 Pro
  • iQOO 9
  • iQOO 9 Pro
  • Vivo X60 Pro
  • Vivo X70
  • Vivo X70 Pro
  • Vivo X70 Pro+

Realme

With the Realme 9 and GT2 lines, the Chinese brand improved its update policy for the mid-range and flagship ranges. With two and three android updates, respectively.

Realme 9 Pro Plus display
The Realme 9 Pro+ will receive Android 13 and its successor, according to Realme / © NextPit

OnePlus

OnePlus also clarified its update policy last year, offering a clear roadmap for its device's updates. So far, the brand's Android 13 list includes:

The Nord 2 (Pac-man edition in the picture)
The Nord 2 (Pac-man edition in the picture) is expected to be updated to Android 13 / © NextPit

Motorola/Lenovo

Even after setting its sights back to the flagship market, Motorola still hasn't offered a clear update policy for its customers, something that is starting to be noticed not only here on NextPit but also other media outlets. Unless noted otherwise, we can usually expect only one major Android update for Moto phones.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro with the display turn on
For the 2021 models, Motorola is committed to offering Android 13 only for the Edge 20 family / © NextPit

Honor

With Honor still establishing itself on the market and without a clear update policy publically announced, it seems a bit premature to predict which models will be updated to Android 13. As soon as the company gives more details about its Magic4 and Magic V lines, we will update this section.

Nokia

Despite being one of the last holdouts in the Android One program (remember that?), HMD Global hasn't been exactly the best example when it comes to Android upgrades, despite offering timely security updates. The company canceled the promised Android 11 version for its former flagship 9 PureView, and simply offered a discount for its entry-level X phones (this archived linked page has since been taken offline). So, take this list with a grain of salt:

  • Nokia G10
  • Nokia G11
  • Nokia G20
  • Nokia G21
  • Nokia G50
  • Nokia G300
  • Nokia X10 / X100
  • Nokia X20
  • Nokia XR20

Sony

With a small range of devices in the market, Sony has been offering two major Android upgrades for its phones, which for Android 13 would look like this:

A close up in the Sony's smartphone rear camera
Sony is expected to offer Android 13 only for its 2021 (and 2022) models / © NextPit

Asus

Asus was part of the Android 12 beta and delivered quick updates for its flagship ZenFone 8 range. With a product line-up consisting of basically the ZenFone and ROG Phone lines, Android 13 can be expected on these models:

Asus Zenfone 8 with the display on
The compact ZenFone 8 was part of the Android 12 beta and received the stable version already in 2021 / © NextPit

Other brands

For the Android 12 beta, other brands enrolled their devices in the testing program, but it is still early to know if they will do the same in 2022. Sharp, TCL, Tecno, and ZTE were some of the companies that offered customers the chance to preview the (then) new operating system, together with Asus, Oppo/OnePlus, Realme, Vivo/iQOO, and Xiaomi.

Also worth noting is that LG announced (at least in South Korea) that the Velvet and Wing phones would receive Android 13. The former model is expected to receive Android 12 in 2022Q1 (page in Korean), but the situation in the West is still unclear.

This list will be updated as soon as the brands announce their update schedules. Are you looking forward to seeing Android 13 on your phone? Did we forget a specific model? Let us know in the comments!


This article was last updated on May 12.

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  • Davin Peterson 2 months ago Link to comment

    Why isn't the Samsung A32 5G on the list? It should be, stop leaving it out. The A32 5G was released in Feb 2021 with Android 11 and is scheduled to get Android 12 in May 2022. Samsung guarantees at least 2 years of Android updates, so it should get Android 13.


    • Rubens Eishima
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      2 months ago Link to comment

      The A32 should receive the update indeed.
      But since it wasn't explicitly announced for devices "below" the A51/A52, we preferred to not list it.


  • gwenwatson 2 months ago Link to comment

    Thank you for sharing Android 13

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