Nokia has released the Android 13 update for a couple of budget smartphones. The Nokia G50 and Nokia XR20 are getting the new Android version in some regions, including Asia and Europe. They follow the Nokia X10 and Nokia X20 in the Android 13 party. The latter two picked up the big update earlier this month.
The Android 13 update for the Nokia G50 comes with firmware version V3.200. The same update for the Nokia XR20 carries the build number V3.220, Both models are getting the November security patch with this release. While the December patch is already out, it’s still a relatively new patch that Nokia is sending. More importantly, this update is about Android 13 rather than security releases, so it’s not an issue.
The official changelog supplied by Nokia mentions a handful of new features and improvements for the two budget smartphones. For starters, we have Themed App Icons, which are nothing but Android’s Dynamic Coloring. It lets you customize the color scheme of app icons and other system UI elements to match that of your wallpaper. This makes for a consistent look when navigating through the device.
Additionally, a Photo Picker feature now lets you selectively share your photos and videos with third-party apps, rather than giving the apps access to your entire library. Downloaded apps, meanwhile, will not start sending notifications until you manually allow that. Last but not least, you get a richer media player with visual improvements for the playback bar and album artwork.
As said earlier, the Android 13 update for the Nokia G50 and Nokia XR20 is now available in some European and Asian countries. A wider rollout should follow soon. As usual, the updates will be released in batches and may take some time to reach all eligible units. If you’re using either of these Nokia smartphones, watch out for a notification prompting you to download the OTA (over the air) update.
More Nokia devices will get Android 13
With Nokia, you shouldn’t expect quick releases of major Android updates or even monthly security updates. Certainly not as quick as Samsung or Google. But if you’re using an eligible Nokia smartphone or tablet, you will get Android 13 sooner or later. And as far as that eligibility list is concerned, the company hasn’t officially provided any. Well, it recently confirmed that the Nokia G11 Plus will get the new Android version. But the likes of the Nokia G10, G20, G11, G21, G60, and X30 should also be eligible. We are also expecting the Nokia T10, T20, and T21 tablets to get Android 13. Stay tuned.