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

Oh these carriers. They had us excited for a moment, but it’s clear that even though Verizon says the Galaxy S22 line will get Android 13 starting today, we know it’s not. However, all S22 phones on Verizon are getting an update, just not the One UI 5 update.

Verizon updated its Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, and Galaxy S22 Ultra pages this morning to show that the Android October update is here, as well as the big upgrade 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” variant, not Android “T” or Android 13. The new October builds for each device are as follows, where you’ll notice the “SP1A” part is in reference to Android “S” 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 cool that Verizon thinks the Android 13 update is close enough to release a full changelog and let its customers know about it. It just isn’t yet. This redditor also claims to have 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. While we believe the One UI 5 update doesn’t bring a ton of new and useful features, Samsung and Verizon are doing their best to tell us otherwise.

We’ll let you know if it really goes live.

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