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Even Samsung’s most affordable 5G phone now gets Android 12

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If you are looking for the best budget phone available today, the 5G capable Galaxy A13…maybe not the number one option from a hardware perspective.

Competitively priced, at least at first glance, the 6.5-inch mid-ranger isn’t quite as sharp and stylish as the comparably affordable OnePlus Nord N200 5G or just as versatile (from more than one point of view) as the slightly more expensive Moto G Stylus 5G (2021).

But OnePlus and Motorola are light years behind Samsung when it comes to software support, as highlighted (for the umpteenth time in recent months) by the official Android 12 update that is currently rolling out to the aforementioned Galaxy A13 5G stateside.
According to the people of SamMobile, who are never wrong about these things, said over-the-air delivery is underway for the “carrier-locked version” of the low-cost 5G device. That’s certainly vague, given the Galaxy A13 5G is available from multiple US carriers, but if one such mobile network operator has indeed gotten the ball rolling, the rest will likely follow very soon.
The same should also apply to the unlocked variant of the handset, which can be purchased from the manufacturer for $249.99 with no trade-in and no other obligations. That’s an incredibly low price to pay for a Android 12andOne UI 4.1-enabled smartphone with an Android 13 update will undoubtedly also be on the way next year.
For example, while the Nord N200 5G has miraculously managed to beat the Galaxy A13 5G stable Android 12 punch (with a few days), an Android 13 promotion is almost certainly out of the question for that particular ultra-affordable 6.5-incher.

Many other decent 5G mid-ranges from various brands, including Motorola, are still stuck with Android 11 and see Android 12 as the one and only major OS upgrade in the pipeline… ever.

In case you’re not aware of how important this update is to a budget-friendly handset, here’s the absolutely massive One UI 4.1 changelog published on Samsung support website last week:

Gallery

  • Add portrait effects (you can add background blur to any photo with a person in the frame);
  • Portrait relighting;
  • Convert unnecessary moving photos to still images;
  • Share albums as links;
  • All your invitations together;
  • Create time-lapse videos.

AR zone

  • More decorations for your emoji stickers;
  • Background colors in mask mode.

Google Duo

  • Do more during video calls (share another app’s screen, watch YouTube together, share photos, explore maps, and more);
  • Join video calls in presentation mode.

Samsung Health

  • Gain insight into your body composition (set goals for your weight, body fat percentage and skeletal muscle mass);
  • Build better sleep habits (get coaching based on your sleep pattern);
  • Improved exercise tracking (set interval training goals on your Galaxy Watch 4 before you start running or cycling).

Smart Switch

  • Receive a notification when you leave something;
  • Find a lost device together (share the location of your devices with others).

Parts

  • Share your Wi-Fi network with Quick Share;
  • Add editing history when sharing photos and videos;
  • Easily share tips with others with the Tips app.

More features and improvements

  • Color palette (customize your phone with unique colors based on your background);
  • Add emojis to your calendar;
  • Choose text correction apps in Samsung Keyboard;
  • More widely available keyboard options (keyboard layouts, input methods, and features for specific languages ​​are now available in more regions);
  • Adjust your sound balance;
  • New promotions for Bixby Routines;
  • Customize your virtual memory with RAM Plus in Device Maintenance;
  • Game optimization service.

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