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Nothing brings first taste of Android 13 to Nothing Phone (1) with Nothing OS 1.5

Android 13 can now be tried out on the Nothing Phone (1). (Image source: Nothing)
Android 13 can now be tried out on the Nothing Phone (1). (Image source: Nothing)
Nothing has released the first Android 13 beta to the Nothing Phone (1), its only smartphone released to date. Offered as Nothing OS 1.5, the Android 13-based update will not reach stable status until early 2023.

Nothing has shared the first Android 13 Open Beta build for the Nothing Phone (1), two weeks after announcing its Beta Program. As expected, the Open Beta build arrives as Nothing OS 1.5, with stable Android updates having only reached Nothing OS 1.1.7 to date. According to the company, Nothing OS 1.5:

Promises a smoother, more secure user experience. With exciting new custom features, just for Nothing.

In a blog post, the company adds that it is running an Open Beta Program to 'deliver the most perfected update yet', rather than merely giving Nothing Phone (1) owners an early look at what changes will soon be making their way to stable builds. Nothing OS 1.5 purportedly contains numerous alterations from Nothing OS 1.1.7 already though, with up to 50% app loading speed increase and the standard array of Android 13 improvements like per-app multi-language support. The full changelog can be found below.

  • Up to 50% increase in app loading speed.
  • More Material You. More colour schemes available for matching third party apps to wallpaper.
  • Multi-language support that allows different languages for different apps.
  • Privacy upgrades. Including:
  • Photo picker. Choose which images you want to share with each app. 
  • Notification permissions. Control which apps can send you notifications.
  • Media permissions. Group the types of media you want to share e.g., photos and videos, music and audio, files. 
  • New QR code scanner in Quick Settings.
  • Clipboard preview: copied text appears on clipboard in the bottom corner of the screen. So you can directly edit the text before pasting.
  • New look for Media Control.
  • Foreground services. Close active background apps directly from the notification centre to save battery. 
  • Live caption: detects speech on your device and automatically generates captions.
  • Increased background memory. Reducing the wait for frequently used apps to load.
  • New self-repair feature that keeps Phone (1) running like it’s new. By clearing unused cache and expired system dumps.
  • Improved Quick Settings. Featuring new network and Bluetooth device pop-ups.
  • New UI for volume control. Easily adjust individual volume sliders without unlocking the screen (e.g. music vs alarm).
  • Improved Game Mode. New UI for light notifications and added Google Game Dashboard. Dashboard supports screenshots, screen recording, FPS display, and Do Not Disturb.

In the same blog post, Nothing explains that Nothing OS 1.5 will reach stable status in 'early 2023'. In other words, the Nothing Phone (1) will remain on Android 12 until next year, which Carl Pei outlined in August. Unfortunately, Nothing has not provided any further timings about its stable Android 13 rollout, which we imagine will depend on feedback from its Open Beta Program.


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Alex Alderson, 2022-12-15 (Update: 2022-12-15)