In South Korea, indications of a beta firmware build have been seen.
Whatever perspective you use, Samsung is the industry leader in terms of software upgrades for smartphones. In addition to recently committing to 4 years of significant Android updates for its devices, exceeding even Google’s own Pixel phones, the business has also done a respectable job of actually releasing those updates on schedule. Samsung appears to be already working on One UI 5 beta software, so anyone who is eager to try Android 13 on their Galaxy phone may be in for an early treat.
According to TizenHelp (via SamMobile), the Galaxy S22 in South Korea has been seen running a pre-release variant of Android 13 with the firmware version S906NKSU2ZVF6. Although we haven’t yet heard anything official about a beta programme, either in the domestic market for Samsung or in other places, this information does fit with earlier speculations that suggested Samsung might begin One UI 5 beta testing in July.
The Galaxy S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra might launch a public beta programme as early as next month, followed by other flagships later on, assuming everything goes according to plan. Although we’ll have to wait and see on that, if the beta programme begins sooner this time around (the One UI 4 beta last year began in September), it should also mean we could see stable releases earlier than usual.
Android 13 is still a work in progress; the third beta was just released, and at least one more should be available before the stable release of the final version.
All signs point to a shorter wait than normal for our first look, and we’re definitely eager to see what Samsung has in store for its interpretation of Android 13.