Nothing Phone (1) gets Nothing OS 1.5 beta, based on Android 13

Vlad, 15 December 2022

On December 1, Nothing started taking sign-ups for its upcoming open beta build of Nothing OS 1.5, based on Android 13. This came after the company was very open about the fact that a final build wouldn't be available for Nothing Phone (1) owners this year.

Today the first beta has started rolling out to those who've signed up to receive it. Nothing OS 1.5 comes with a new Weather app with custom Nothing UI, up to 50% increases in app loading speeds, more color schemes available for matching third party apps to your wallpaper, a new QR code scanner in Quick Settings, a clipboard preview in the bottom of the screen for quick edits before pasting, and a new look for Media Control.

There's also the ability to close active background apps from the notification area, an increase in background memory reducing the wait for frequently used apps to load, a new self-repair feature that "keeps Phone (1) running like it's new" by clearing unused cache and expired system dumps, better Quick Settings with new network and Bluetooth device pop-ups, a new UI for volume control with easily adjustable sliders without the need to unlock the screen, and an improved Game Mode with a new UI for light notifications and the Google Game Dashboard, which supports screenshots, screen recording, FPS display, and Do Not Disturb.

Nothing Phone (1) gets Nothing OS 1.5 beta, based on Android 13

Obviously, you also get everything that Google's packed into Android 13, including a new photo picker, the new notification permission, new media permissions, and support for using different apps in different languages.

The final, stable build of Nothing OS 1.5 is promised to arrive in "early 2023".



Reader comments

  • hi
  • 17 Dec 2022
  • Mv8

Think a led rabbit design on the back with led ears on the sides or something else but this not good

Nothing phone 1 already got around 4 major software updates since it was launched. so I think thats a proof they support the phone. People who say they not support it is wrong or have never tryed one for real. Im sure they could put out Android 13 ...

Pretty sad how Essential, which was bought out to make Nothing, made a far better phone with far better software support than Nothing. They released cleaner updates and did it quicker than even Google to Pixel phones I believe. Oh how Carl Pei ...

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