With Android smartphone makers slowly improving their update policies, it’s increasingly easy to predict which smartphones will be compatible with future versions of the OS. Some companies even promise better tracking software than Google.
Even though Android 13 is still in its early stages, we can already reasonably predict some things by analyzing the deployment of previous versions, such as the beta testing phase, and the release date, which you can find in the article linked here -above.
Remark: For other brands, this list is not definitive and includes models that should currently be updated according to the current update policies of the various manufacturers. It goes without saying that this list will be added to as time goes on.
As it has been for the past five years or so, the Pixel line of smartphones are the first to receive the update. The official update has been rolling out to Pixel smartphones since August 15, 2022. Here are the compatible models:
The Pixel 5 (left) and Pixel 6 can already run development builds for Android 13 / © NextPit.
After promising four years of security updates and three versions of Android for its flagships in 2021, Samsung upped the ante in 2022 by announcing four Android updates and five years of security patches for its flagships. And just like Apple and Google, Samsung offers a test program for those who wish to actively participate in the development of the new version of the OS by submitting comments.
The Android 13 beta testing program is already open, and we have prepared a guide showing how to install Android 13 on your Galaxy S22 right now. Here are the compatible devices:
The entire Galaxy Z range should be updated to Android 13 / © NextPit
Xiaomi tried to follow in Samsung’s footsteps by announcing that it was also extending software support for its flashiphones, but since then the Chinese brand has published a web page where it not only lists the updates that each smartphone should receive, but also the frequency of security patches. Here it is, just in case.
The 11T Pro not only changed Xiaomi’s nomenclature, but also established a clear update policy for the brand / © NextPit
When it comes to Oppo, the number of smartphone ranges and all their suffixes (Lite, Neo, Plus, SE, etc.) makes it really difficult to predict which models will be updated to Android 13. In any case, the list should at least include the models below:
The Oppo Find X5 Pro will upgrade ColorOS to Android 13 / © NextPit
Vivo tried to match Samsung’s policy by promising three Android updates for the X60 Pro series, but promised nothing for its mid-range and entry-level smartphones. Therefore, the list of models compatible with Android 13 is quite short:
iQOO 8 iQOO 8 Pro iQOO 9 iQOO 9 Pro Vivo X60 Pro Vivo X70 Vivo X70 Pro Vivo X70 Pro+ Vivo X80 Pro
With the Realme 9 and Realme GT 2 ranges, the Chinese brand has improved its update policy for its mid-range and high-end smartphones. With two and three Android updates respectively.
The Realme 9 Pro+ will receive Android 13 and Anroid 14 according to Realme / © NextPit
OnePlus also clarified its update policy last year, providing a clear roadmap for updates to its devices. So far, the brand’s list of smartphones compatible with Android 13 includes:
The OnePlus Nord 2 (pictured Pac-man edition) should be updated to Android 13 / © NextPit
Even after returning to the flagship market, Motorola still hasn’t offered a clear update policy for its customers, which is starting to be noticed not only here on NextPit but also in other media. Barring exceptions, the brand’s smartphones generally receive a single major Android update.
Motorola Edge (2022)
Motorola Edge + (2022)
Motorola MotoG 5G 2022
Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G 2022
Motorola Moto G32
Motorola Moto G42
Motorola Moto G62 5G
Motorola Moto G82 5G
For 2021 models, Motorola will only ship Android 13 for the Edge 20 family / © NextPit
With Honor still establishing itself in the market and without a clear update policy announced publicly, it seems a bit premature to predict which models will receive Android 13. As soon as the company gives more details on its lines Magic4 and Magic V, we will update this section.
Despite being one of the last holdouts in the Android One program, HMD Global hasn’t really been the best example when it comes to Android updates, even though it does offer security updates on time. The company rolled back the promised Android 11 update for its old flagship, the Nokia 9 PureView, and simply offered a discount for its entry-level X-series. So take this list with a grain of salt:
Nokia X10 / X100
With few models on the market, Sony offered two major Android updates for its smartphones. The following models should receive Android 13:
Sony should offer Android 13 only for its 2021 (and 2022) models / © NextPit
Asus participated in the Android 12 beta and provided quick updates for its ZenFone 8 line. models:
The ZenFone 8 was part of the Android 12 beta and received the stable version as early as 2021 / © NextPit
Sharp, TCL, Tecno and ZTE are some of the companies that gave their customers the chance to preview the new OS (at the time), as did Asus, Oppo/OnePlus, Realme, Vivo/iQOO and Xiaomi.
It should also be noted that LG has announced (at least in South Korea) that the LG Velvet and Wing will receive Android 13. The first model is expected to receive Android 12 in the first quarter of 2022Q1, but the situation in the West is not yet clear .
Smartphones compatible with the Android 13 beta
Google has officially rolled out Android 13 for its Pixels. Later this year, Android 13 will also roll out to smartphones from Samsung, Asus, HMD (Nokia), iQOO, Motorola, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Sony, Tecno, Vivo, Xiaomi, etc.
Below we’ve listed the brands that already have a beta testing program for the new version of Android, as well as the devices that support this version:
Apart from the devices listed above, Nokia has also announced its support, but the compatible devices remain unknown.
How to Install Android 13 Beta
Your Pixel’s OS will automatically update via Over-the-Air (OTA) update if it was already enrolled in the trial program. If not, please follow these instructions:
Transfer the downloaded firmware to the smartphone storage Restart the smartphone by mode Recovery
Go to ADB sideload
Connect your Pixel to a computer on which ADB tools are installed
Enter the commande sideload
Once the verification is complete, the system will reboot!
These steps may vary from smartphone to smartphone, depending on the manufacturer. The above tutorial is for Google Pixel. If you have a smartphone from another manufacturer, please follow the steps below:
Transfer downloaded firmware to smartphone storage Enable Developer Options Go to Settings > About device > Software update. Tap on the upper right corner and select manually le package d’installation. Select the downloaded firmware then click on install after loading
Once the verification is complete, the system will reboot!
That’s all, I hope you were able to launch Android 13 beta 3 on your Pixel/non-Pixel smartphone.
This article will be updated as brands announce their update schedule. Are you looking forward to getting Android 13 on your smartphone? Did we forget a specific model?
This article was last updated on October 19. Comments prior to the last update have been retained.