Android 13 on the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Android 13 proves Android 12 was a half-baked OS

A flashback to the run-up to Android 12 – an exciting new redesign is on the horizon for the world’s largest operating system, with a completely different set of smartphones set to launch with it. The Android 12 source code dropped a month before the new Pixel phones came out, and that was a little weird, but nothing out of the ordinary. Then the Google Pixel 6 series launched, and we realized that somewhere, somehow, something went wrong.

Looking back, it was clear that Android 12 was a half-baked OS that could do with some (read: a lot) polish. The Google Pixel 6 series was the best example of this, although part of the problem could also come from Google problems related to the processor. However, we saw issues coming back left and right with OnePlus and Samsung and more issues and updates being delayed for the Pixel 6 series for several months before things finally settled down. Where did the error occur?

Android 12 was a mess for several reasons

Google Pixel 6 Pro running Android 12

Mishaal Rahman, chief technical editor at Esper, described Android 12 as “the biggest Android update since Android 5.0 Lollipop.” In a statement given to the edge. It has changed a lot both visually and under the hood, and for many users, there has been a file ton of issues as a result. OnePlus has dealt with its own issues with Android 12, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Fold 3 had several issues with their beta software, and after the dust settled, Google announced its first quarterly beta release for the platform. This was most likely the result of the mess that its latest phones left behind the curve in security patches.

Google Pixel 6 series owners received the November 2021 update a week later than expected. Then, shortly after rolling out the December 2021 update to a handful of users, unpublished due to connection problems.

Many companies were completely screwed up in the process.

Delaying it was a special problem because esper Indicates that this update is almost fixed 100 bugs In Android 12. This is Many One of the bugs that users had to wait a long time for it to be fixed. The massive update to Android combined with the festive season means the situation has gone from bad to worse, especially with a bug It will prevent device owners from calling emergency services in certain circumstances.

Several companies have been completely screwed over in the process, and OnePlus immediately comes to mind. Given the changing winds within the company, the plan was to integrate OxygenOS and ColorOS into one unified code base. This was basically a double whammy; Not only will you flash a completely different Android-based operating system to what you currently have, but the update from Android 12 also presented its own issues. The best case scenario when updating was that things would just work, but it soon became apparent that for most users, factory resetting after installing the update was the easiest way to get a usable phone again. Until then, it wasn’t great.

OnePlus later released an update that fixed the remaining issues, but only after it canceled the rollout of its first failed attempt at OxygenOS 12.

Number 13 to the rescue

OnePlus 10 Pro with Android 13 Easter egg on a yellow background.

In contrast, Android 13 is too much Not As with Android 12. Its rollout to Google Pixel devices breathed new life into the likes of the Pixel 6 series, and the Pixel 7 phones haven’t seen any late updates or major software issues to speak of yet. There are some reports of swipe-related issues, but it doesn’t affect every user, which might lead me to believe it’s not the case strictly Android 13 problem. Also, Samsung is already rolling out One UI 5 for supported devicesColorOS 13 and OxygenOS 13 will be released as well. There are no major bugs reported for any of these smartphones after their respective updates, which definitely bodes well. Through anecdotes, I also found that the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is finally Usable, believe me, Not a low bar that should be erased after your experience.

However, one could argue that Android 12 QPR3 is where things are truly began to pick up. While Google seems to have missed messaging a bit after QPR2 (because users expected that they’ll be able to go straight to Android 12L instead of the next QPR beta), about the latest QPR2 beta and the first QPR3 releases, it’s becoming clear that there are several improvements. In fact, some users have turned to the beta program to try out a more stable version of Android 12 – that’s how bad Android 12 is.

However, for regular users, Android 12 QPR3 is where things really felt Normal repeatedly. Performance was finally fluid, there were no more random stutters, lags, and crashes, and it looks like Google has even managed to get a grip on battery life a bit. It wasn’t great (especially with the Pixel 6, no matter how many improvements Google released), but it was in a much better place. Android 13 included a lot of these improvements and improvements, but regardless, it’s clear that Android 12, for most of its lifecycle, simply wasn’t ready for snuff.

What happened with Android 12?

There are likely a few reasons why Android 12 was such a mess, besides the fact that it was an overhaul of the operating system. Google has a specific schedule where they work on the OS before switching only to bug fixes, and extending that development schedule would override either a bug fix or even the next development cycle.

Moreover, Android 12 was also developed while Google’s work-from-home policies were still in place. Sure, companies had discovered working from home by then, but such an overhaul might have stymied development. While I’m a supporter of work-from-home policies, I can definitely talk about how easy it is to work on a project nearby. Google pulled workers into the office only in April of this year, after workers largely worked exclusively from home starting in March 2020.

While things were eventually settled, it took a long time to get to this point. Android 13 is the best iteration of Android so far, And while it’s definitely a more frequent update than Android 12No one said it was a bad thing. We are looking forward to Android 14 Because, as Google is improving Android, lest we see any major fixes, things should only get better from here.

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