The new Android 13 stable update is rolling out to more and more smartphones. After specific Samsung models started receiving the OS update recently, it’s now time for some Nokia phones to have the same privilege. Previous articles shared the news about the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update arriving for the Samsung Galaxy S21 series, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 models, and more.
According to ITHome, Nokia has five phones on the waiting list to be updated to the new Android 13 version. The famous phone manufacturer will begin rolling out the Android 13 update soon, without mentioning exactly when. HMD Global confirmed the arrival of the Android 13 update for a few Nokia phones. Basically, we’re talking about the first wave of Nokia phones that will be updated to the stable Android 13 version, which means that more could be yet to come.
Nokia phones launched in 2021 are also on the list
It’s nice to see that HMD Global hasn’t forgotten about older Nokia phones, such as a few that came out in 2021. We also have to remark that not all the models from the list of phones awaiting the Android 13 update can qualify as high-end devices. Google has proven that it can push its new Android 13 version even to smartphones that people usually avoid in 2022. However, everybody has a smartphone in their pockets nowadays, but some people are not looking for top displays, advanced cameras, lots of gigabytes, and so on when it comes to such a device.
The first Nokia phones that will receive the new Android 13 update are the following:
- Nokia XR20
- Nokia G50
- Nokia G11+
- Nokia X10
- Nokia X20
One of the Nokia models that are surprisingly on the list is clearly the XR20 model. Launched last year in August, Nokia XR20 is far from being a high-end phone. It is powered by a Snapdragon 480 5G chipset from Qualcomm, which is clearly not a bad choice if you don’t have high expectations from your phone, but it still represents a “replaceable” chipset. Snapdragon 480 is good for running some highly demanding games, but there are still plenty of better options out there on the market.
In Geekbench 5, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 chipset scores around 570 points in single-core and 1754 points in multi-core. Compared to Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, for instance, meaning the most powerful processor from Qualcomm, the difference is huge. Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 scores around 1300 points in single-core and about 4000 points in multi-core.
What’s new in Android 13
Android 13 brings plenty of interesting changes, and it was released as a stable update back in August. For instance, those who are fans of emojis will surely like the update, as it updates the system emoji all the way to the COLRv1 format. The update also adds rendering support in the case of COLR version 1 fonts.
New features and APIs are also granted for the cameras when it comes to what Android 13 has in store for the users. After the update arrives, apps are free to take advantage of Camera2 APIs. This will allow them to capture and preview HDR video content.
Core functionality changes have also been made thanks to the new Android 13 update. For instance, the new version of Google’s operating system brings along a number of updates in order to align with the OpenJDK 11 LTS release.
Nokia is far from stepping away from manufacturing smartphones. For instance, during the IFA 2022 trade show from Berlin that took place a few months ago, HMD Global unveiled the Nokia C31, Nokia X30 5G, Nokia G60 5G, and the Nokia T21 models.
We can certainly expect the Android 13 update to arrive for other smartphones built by other manufacturers as well in the near future, so stay tuned for more news on the subject!