Nothing Phone (1) to remain on Android 12 for rest of 2022
Nothing has expanded upon Android 13 availability for the Phone (1). Talking to Android Authority, a Nothing representative confirmed the unfortunate news that the Phone (1) will not taste Android 13 this year. Instead, Nothing Phone (1) owners must wait at least between three and nine months before their devices move onto Android 13. Specifically, Android Authority quotes Nothing as commenting that:
We are always working hard to improve the Phone 1 user experience. To ensure this, operating system updates will be made available for regular download. In regards to Android 13, this will be launching for Phone 1 users in the first half of 2023. Before releasing, we want to fine tune the software upgrade with Nothing’s hardware. We will be sure to keep you updated with further information.
For reference, Nothing issued the statement above following of its CEO's oblique response on Twitter to a question about Android 13 availability. As we have discussed separately, Carl Pei remarked that the Nothing Phone (1) is 'more than just its...version numbers'. Unfortunately, it seems that Nothing has inherited OnePlus' half-hearted update policy, albeit only after releasing one smartphone. Arguing that the Nothing Phone (1) has unique hardware falls flat when considering that it relies on the Snapdragon 778G Plus, an off-the-shelf chipset that we have also reviewed in the Edge 30.
The Snapdragon 778G Plus a derivative of the Snapdragon 778G too, a popular chipset for mid-range smartphones released in the last year or so. Ultimately, the Nothing Phone (1) should still receive three OS updates to Android 15. Still, the Android smartphone market has moved on to providing faster software updates, led in part by Samsung. Delivering an OS update up to nine months into its lifecycle will only lead to consumer dissatisfaction, as proved the case with LG. In the meantime, Nothing continues to release minor updates for its first smartphone, most recently with Nothing OS 1.1.3.