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Nothing Phone (1): New Nothing OS 1.5.3 update brings battery life improvements and Nothing Ear (2) support

Nothing continues to bring new features and performance improvements to the Phone (1) with software updates. (Image source: Nothing)
Nothing continues to bring new features and performance improvements to the Phone (1) with software updates. (Image source: Nothing)
Nothing is preparing to launch the Ear (2), its latest pair of earbuds. With a launch due later this month, the company has brought Ear (2) support to the Phone (1), among other changes. Reputedly, Nothing OS 1.5.3 should reduce app restart times, while also minimising power consumption and improving battery life as a result.

Last month, Nothing upgraded its only smartphone to Android 13 via Nothing OS 1.5.2, despite the operating system's finalisation several months before. Subsequently, the Nothing Phone (1) has received Nothing OS 1.5.3, a smaller update from last month's substantial changelog. Still, Nothing has made several changes to the Phone (1) beyond the perfunctory Android security patch update.

As the screenshot below shows, Nothing states that Nothing OS 1.5.3 adds support for the Ear (2), its next-generation earbuds. While pricing, availability, specifications and images of the Ear (2) have already leaked, the company will not make the earbuds official until later this month. Additionally, Nothing OS 1.5.3 improves fingerprint unlock transition animations between the always-on display (AOD) and the lock screen, as well as animations relating to pop-up view.

Arguably the biggest change relates to a revised memory management algorithm that Nothing had made big claims about. Supposedly, Nothing OS 1.5.3 ships with an updated algorithm that reduces app restart times 'by over 35%' while also lowering CPU consumption. The company adds that the change should yield improved battery life too, albeit without specifying how many more hours of usage to expect. Nothing OS 1.5.3 may be less than a 100 MB download, but it bundles several bug fixes as well, listed below. As always, Nothing is issuing the latest update for the Phone (1) in batches and will not finish the rollout for a few more days.

(Image source: Reddit via Android Central)
(Image source: Reddit via Android Central)

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Alex Alderson, 2023-03-15 (Update: 2023-03-15)