15 June 2022
Carl Pei's Nothing is working on its first smartphone product called Nothing Phone 1. The company has not shared many details about the phone but it did release Nothing Launcher last month. It is the phone launcher that will come with the phone and is currently under beta testing. It was restricted to a few flagships from Google, Samsung, and OnePlus but has now been expanded to cover the majority of the devices.
Nothing Launcher beta is now available for all devices running at least Android 11. It can be downloaded for free via Google Play Store by simply searching for it. The launcher itself is quite minimal with unique graphics and animations. It has a couple of features called Max Icons and Max Folders which allow users to enlarge the size of app icons and folders. You also get clock and weather widgets in the style of dot-matrix.
Nothing Launcher (Beta) is now available for Android 11 and higher. Release will be staggered across all devices in the upcoming days.— Nothing (@nothing) May 9, 2022
Download on the Google Play Store: https://t.co/rNVvInflCU pic.twitter.com/dfKGiiVdR0
The latest update that expands support for more Android devices also brings a number of changes. Here is the complete changelog for the latest release:
- The launcher app icon now displays on the home screen.
- There is a first-run How to Set Up page.
- Users can change the wallpaper via a pop-up box
- A Dropbox link to download additional wallpapers and ringtones is in the launcher’s settings.
If we talk about Nothing Phone 1's rumored specs, it is expected to sport a 6.43-inch Full HD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate. The processor is tipped to Snapdragon 778G along with 8GB RAM and 128GB onboard storage. The battery capacity is 4,500mAh and it will boot Android 12 out of the box.