The Nothing Phone 1 is scheduled to launch this summer. During the virtual event held on 23rd March, Nothing’s Founder and CEO— Carl Pei, confirmed that the Nothing Phone 1 will run on Nothing OS based on Android. It will be their take on the popular Android operating system. He also revealed that Nothing Phone 1 would feature a Snapdragon processor but did not give any other details about the phone.
The company aims to provide the market with a unique phone unlike any. During the virtual event, they continuously talked about how Apple has the best ecosystem out there, but then you are trapped in just Apple’s ecosystem. They also said that there is no reasonable alternative to Apple’s ecosystem. Nothing wants to build an ecosystem better than Apple’s, with the Nothing Phone 1 being the heart of the ecosystem. An ecosystem that has no restrictions, i.e. you can seamlessly connect to other ecosystem products.
The core of this ecosystem will be the Nothing Phone 1, which will run on Nothing OS, as confirmed by the company. As the phone is dropping soon, some might be wondering what the user experience will be like.
Nothing OS: Nothing Phone (1)’s Software
According to Nothing’s blog, the Nothing OS will be one of the best Android skins out there. It will deliver a fast, smooth and personalised experience. It will supposedly come with 40% less pre-installed bloatware than other Android skins. They also said that they would keep the best features of Android and avoid replicating Google’s apps which will be, according to them, a waste of time and space. This means that the device will have more space and RAM to operate more smoothly. It will focus more on user experience and learn from user’s app usage to better optimize the phone for the user.
The Nothing OS will learn users’ usage cycle and accordingly make changes to extend the battery life of the phone. It will also follow a Nothing’s unique and consistent dot-like font throughout the UI. The transitions will be smooth and fast. And just like many other Android OEMs, Nothing will also offer four years of security updates and three years of major Android OS updates to the Nothing Phone 1. The Nothing OS will also feature a unique in-built voice recorder. The remarkable thing about it is that it will let users rotate a wheel to control playback.
As stated before, Nothing wants to build an “open ecosystem” that will make it easy to connect and interact with Nothing and other ecosystem products. Nothing wants to create something unique and innovative. Nothing OS will prioritise performance, optimization and user experience over gimmicky features. The Nothing OS is yet to release to see if it holds true to what it is promising. Nonetheless, you can download and install its preview to get a glimpse of the Nothing OS which will be available only on select smartphones starting from April.
If you want to experience Nothing OS on your smartphone, you can install the Nothing launcher from Google Play Store. You need to set Nothing Launcher as your Default Home App.