vivo’s Funtouch OS 13 brings with it several improvements, more devices to get it in 2023

Android 13 has been out for a while now, giving time to manufacturers to create their own custom skin based on Android 13 for their smartphones. Samsung has already started rolling out the One UI 5 update, while vivo has now announced its own custom Android 13 skin, the Funtouch OS 13.

The Chinese company has released a list of 50 devices eligible for the update from both vivo and iQOO brands. The list covers most of Vivo’s popular models including the X80, X70 Pro Plus, X70 Pro, X60 series, V25 Pro, V23 series, and the T1 family.

Aside from the features that come standard with Android 13, vivo has also incorporated additional features to make their custom OS stand out more this time round. For starters, the company says you can expect more personalization options, including Material You’s wallpaper-based system colour schemes and the ability to change app icon colours based on wallpapers.

Using vivo’s iManager system manager, you now have the ability to shut down demanding apps with a tap. The system manager can also now reduce active apps and adjust CPU frequency based on the phone’s cooling capabilities.

Funtouch OS 13 also improves app pinning, which prevents someone else from looking at other apps you do not want them to access. You can also hide certain photos from your device through the three-dot menu in the gallery. Still on security, Funtouch OS 13 carries over Android 13’s ability to only grant an app access to specific photos.

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The video editor has been given an update that introduces the ability to mute the video or tweak the volume for specific segments of a clip, which might come in handy when you have captured a special moment, but the background sounds contain less than family-friendly words.

vivo has made monitoring app usage and the user experience a lot more streamlined, compared to last year’s implementation. The company has also made accessibility enhancements with things like colour correction/inversion and also removing animations for those who do not need them.

Finally, In terms of rollout plans, the vivo X80 has already received the update. However, the remaining devices will gradually get the update in the coming weeks and months, with the best bet being the more expensive ones will get priority with the remaining devices and older eligible vivo smartphones to receive the update in Q1 2023.

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