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Vivo X80, X70 Pro Plus and X70 Pro (Global Editions) are slated to get Android 13 betas from November 2022

Some new Funtouch 13 UI elements. (Source: Vivo)
Some new Funtouch 13 UI elements. (Source: Vivo)
Vivo has announced Funtouch 13 as the latest UI for its smartphones. It is intended for those devices sold in markets such as India and Europe, and is based on up-to-date Android 13. Its rollout starts with a series of public betas, mainly available to flagships such as the X80 and X70 Pro Plus, although some mid-rangers such as those from the V and T series are in line alongside them for the upcoming November 2022 phase of this program.

Vivo's Android-based UI for its smartphones goes by the name of OriginOS Ocean - however, that applies in China alone, whereas devices sold outside that market persist in running the potentially objectionably-named Funtouch OS (or FOS) out of the box.

OriginOS Ocean upgrades to Android 13 in its latest iteration; now, Vivo has made the corresponding FOS 13 build official in regions such as India. Accordingly, it does at least pack cutting-edge features such as enhanced privacy controls and a new UI that can auto-tune its accent and icon colors based on a wallpaper system-wide.

FOS 13 also comes with some interesting new tweaks more of its own, and Vivo being Vivo, many of them are found in the stock camera app. They include a new Stabilization Ring for the viewfinder, not to mention the new option to edit video right from the same interface.

It is depicted as pretty basic in portrait mode, but gets more granular when switched to a landscape view. The user can also now mute the audio while editing under certain conditions, which may be better for shorts.

FOS 13 is technically available from now - albeit as a public beta and on the X80 Pro's international variant only. Vivo has announced that the next wave of devices to enter the program will include the vanilla X80 and those X70-series members available outside China.

They will be joined by newer sub-flagships such as the V25 and V23 series, the T1 series and many of the newer Y-series smartphones.

International models of devices sold under the iQOO brand haven't been forgotten either: Vivo has announced that the 9T, 9 SE and Neo6 are next up for the FOS 13 beta, with the Z6 series (except the Lite model to follow in November 2022.

As for the flagship 9 and 9 Pro, they are already eligible for these builds, although their 7-series predecessors have to wait until December. Vivo has yet to determine when stable FOS 13 versions for any of these handsets will emerge, however.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-10-26 (Update: 2022-10-31)