The Galaxy S22 Ultra almost got Android 13 from Verizon, but didn’t

Oh this carrier. They got us excited for a moment, but it’s clear that as Verizon says the Galaxy S22 line is getting Android 13 starting today, we know it’s not. All of Verizon’s S22 phones are getting an update, though, not just the One UI 5 update.

Verizon updated its Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, and Galaxy S22 Ultra pages this morning to say that the Android October update is here, as well as major upgrades to Android 13 and One UI 5. The release date is labeled as September 28.

However, the build numbers are still very much of the Android “S” variety, not Android “T” or Android 13. Below are the new October builds for each device, where you’ll notice the “SP1A” part in reference to Android ā€œSā€ or Android 12:

  • Galaxy S22 Ultra: SP1A.210812.016.S908USQS2AVI1
  • Galaxy S22+: SP1A.210812.016.S906USQS2AVI1
  • Galaxy S22: SP1A.210812.016.S901USQS2AVI1

So it’s great, that Verizon thinks the Android 13 update is close enough to keep a full changelog and tell its customers about it. This is just not it yet. This redditor grabbed it and confirmed that it’s not Android 13.

Before they realized the error and pulled it, the page looked like this:

Galaxy S22 Ultra Android 13 update

The changelog is ridiculously long, by the way. Even if we believe that the One UI 5 update doesn’t bring a ton of new and useful features, Samsung and Verizon are trying their best to tell us otherwise.

We’ll let you know when it’s actually live.

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