In early 2021, Samsung announced the Galaxy S21 series flagships, pre-loaded with Android 11-based One UI 3.1 software. The Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 +, and Galaxy S21 Ultra are the first to receive the Android 12-based One UI 4 Beta / Stable version, while eligible for three major upgrades including Android 13.
As promised by our regular OS update, Samsung continues to support up to four years for the Galaxy S21 series devices. Aside from the major Android and One UI updates, the company has also promised to deliver at least five years of security patches.
Following the Android 12-based One UI 4.0 and One UI 4.1 update, Samsung Galaxy S21 series phones are now eligible and are expected to receive the next Android 13-based One UI 5 (Beta / Stable) version. . Needless to say, Google released Android 13 on the Developer Preview channel in February 2022, when it was limited to Pixel phones.
Galaxy S21 Android 13 Beta Status
Just like the last year, Samsung’s latest Galaxy S22 series will be eligible to get the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta and One UI 5.0 Stable update, initially among the Galaxy devices. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S21 series will join the party with the Android 13-based One UI 5 Beta alongside the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3.
On April 7, it was said that the Korean tech giant will first showcase the One UI 5, based on Android 13, Beta ROM for the Galaxy S22 series devices in July 2022.
Galaxy S21 Android 13 Release Date
If the company goes the same as rumors, the One UI 5 will be live for Galaxy consumers in July, while the Stable distribution is likely to happen after about two months of Beta testing. Accordingly, we can expect the Android 13′ arrival for the Galaxy S21 series later this year.
- Release Date – October 2022 [Expected]
Recently, Google rolled out Android 13 Beta 2.1 for the Pixel devices that had already joined the Beta testing program. It comes with fixes for some major issues for a better user experience.
- Fixed an issue where typing in the search bar resulted in a blank list of suggestions.
- Fixed an issue where devices would crash and restart when turning on the hotspot.
- Fixed an issue where a continuous call dialing sound could be heard in the background during a phone call.
- Fixed an issue where devices would crash and restart after disconnecting from Android Auto.
Recently, we’ve checked the Beta Operations Manager’s activity landing page, which has had no changes since January this year. We will continue to provide the latest insights regarding the Android 13 and One UI 5.0 update development for your Galaxy devices, so stay tuned.
Samsung has started releasing the May 2022 security patch to the Galaxy S22 series smartphone users starting April 25. As of now, the update is available in various Asian countries, while today reached the T-Mobile variants in the United States.
Earlier this year, the US tech maker debuted the Android 13 Developer Preview for eligible Pixel devices, at the same time, the Public version is said to release in October. It’s expected that Google will share more information about the Android 13 features, changes, and availability at the upcoming Google I/O 2022.