10 May 2022
It is official that Nothing's next product launch will be a smartphone. It was revealed by the company's founder Carl Pei at a virtual event held yesterday. This will be the second product from a company that arrived on the scene last year with Nothing ear (1) truly wireless earbuds. Many were expecting the phone to go official at this event but Pei used it to tease the device.
The phone will be known as Nothing phone (1) once it launches during the summer. It will be powered by a Qualcomm processor which is a common sight among Android smartphones. The exact processor is unknown which makes it hard to guess at what price point it will be sold. Some speculate it to be a flagship device but we will have to wait and watch.
Pei revealed that the phone will boot Nothing OS based on Android. He described the custom Android skin as "an open and seamless ecosystem that will effortlessly connect and integrate Nothing products and products from other world-leading brands." He even shared a bunch of screenshots that give a glimpse of what the new OS may look like. It shows a UI design that looks minimal and is close to the stock Android experience.
Nothing OS is claimed to have 40% fewer pre-loaded apps as compared to the competition. Pei said it will neither have duplicate apps as we have seen with many other Android UIs. It will further cache in the RAM for frequently used apps and close those apps that are not in use for quite some time. This is done to ensure faster performance on the device.
Pei said a preview of Nothing OS will become available in the form of a launcher on select smartphone models. He did not specify the models yet but confirmed that it will release in April. The Nothing phone (1) itself will launch sometime during the summer but no exact date is confirmed yet.