Among the companies that are currently rolling out Android 13 updates to their devices, Samsung is showing how to do just that by rolling out the Android 13-based One UI 5 update for its flagship Galaxy S22 series later this month. Since then, we've seen upgrades to the Galaxy S21 lineup last year, and now they're coming to the company's budget models, the Galaxy A13 5G and A51.
Last week, Samsung refreshed the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra across the Atlantic. SamMobile has reported that budget Galaxy A13 5G users can now upgrade to Android 13 with firmware version A136BXXU2BVK3 in some markets. The phone originally shipped with Android 11, making One UI 5 the second major Android update to hit the phone in its lifetime.
The update, which is rolling out in Austria, Croatia, France, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, and the United Kingdom, also includes the latest November security patch. Users outside of these European countries can see their software arrive in a few days under Settings > Software update, or they can always turn it on manually.
After switching to Android 13 in the US a few days ago, Samsung's mid-range beast Galaxy A51 is receiving the same treatment in many European countries such as Switzerland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, France, Austria and Luxembourg. with the others. The update has firmware version number A515FXXU5GVK6 and includes the security patch from October 2022. Users in the countries listed above can install the OTA update from the Settings app or use a copy of Sam Mobile firmware and install it manually.
This update brings the best Android 13 updates to the Galaxy A51, including updates to the camera app and photo/video editing tools unique to this phone. Just remember that this is the last major Android update Samsung plans to give this model — going forward, it's just security patches.
You'd be wrong if you thought Samsung's release rate has gotten too fast, especially with the feature-rich One UI 5 update, but the company plans to catch up with the update when Android 14 arrives next year. We can't wait to see what happens!