You now have the option to vote on which version of Android is running on your phone

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Back in April, Google officially launched Android 13 Beta 1 with some visual tweaks and other improvements. If you own a Pixel device and you’re participating in the Beta program, chances are you already got the latest Android version. For the rest of us mere mortals, it’s the waiting game again (provided that our phones meet the requirements). The final version of Android 13 is expected to launch sometime in Autumn.

I’m solidly in the “Android” camp, but there’s one thing about my iOS-equipped buddies that makes me envious: the software maintenance cycle. Things aren’t as awful as they were, say, five years ago, but most Android phones still only get two big upgrades each year. Granted, Samsung took action and began extending the update cycle, and Google promised to catch Apple with its Pixel update policy, but the fact is that if you purchase an Android phone, you’ll be fine for approximately two years in terms of software.

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  • I’m sure many of you are stuck with older versions of Android, too – my wife’s Galaxy S9+ is still running Android 10, and my Huawei Mate 20 Pro got bricked to EMUI11 (based on Android 10), because I was stupid (tried to unlock the bootloader and it all spiraled down from there). What’s the current version of Android on your phone? Vote in our poll and share your embarrassing software stories in the comments below.

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