What you need to know
- Vivo has announced the global availability of Funtouch OS 13 (Android 13) for its latest flagship phone.
- The Vivo X80 Pro is the company’s first model to get a taste of Android 13, with improved personalization options and enhanced privacy features.
- Vivo promises to bring the latest version of its Android skin to more models in the future.
While Vivo shares the same parent company with Oppo and OnePlus, its smartphones haven’t received exactly the same treatment as other companies in terms of software updates. That now changes with the release of Funtouch OS 13 based on Android 13 to the Vivo X80 Pro.
Vivo has announced (opens in new tab) that the stable version of the latest Funtouch OS is now available worldwide for its challenger of the top Android phones, with numerous improvements over the previous Funtouch OS version. The marquee features, of course, include personalization options like the Material You theme option and app icon colors that match your phone’s wallpaper.
Android 13 also prides itself on privacy. Vivo’s latest Funtouch OS version includes an improved app pinning feature for data security. It’s useful when, say, a co-worker or family member uses your device, as it allows you to control which apps they can access. As a result, access to certain apps on your device will be restricted. Funtouch OS 13 also includes the ability to hide photos and videos, with an option to prevent specific apps from accessing your gallery.
Vivo’s own system manager, which it calls iManager, also got an update that allows it to disable demanding apps. It is intended to reduce the number of running applications and adjust the CPU frequency to prevent overheating.
In addition, the update improves Funtouch OS’s video editor by allowing users to mute video while editing and adjust the volume for a specific segment of the video. Finally, color correction and inversion have been improved, as has the ability to remove animations.
Vivo will start rolling out these features on the stable channel for the X80 Pro this week. It also shared a beta roadmap on Twitter (opens in new tab), which gives us an idea of when the update will arrive for other Vivo models. The predecessor of the X80 Pro, the V25 series, and many other models will receive stable Android 13 before the end of the year.