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Nothing releases its stock launcher for Android

Nothing debuts its Launcher. (Source: Nothing)
Nothing debuts its Launcher. (Source: Nothing)
Carl Pei's nascent OEM, Nothing, has released something new for the first time in over a month. However, it amounts to not much more than a new Google Play Store link to the custom launcher for its in-house Android skin. It may offer users of devices such as those of the Samsung Galaxy S22 or Pixel 6 lines a taste of what they should expect out of the box should they switch to a new Nothing phone (1) in the future.

The Nothing Launcher has indeed made it onto the Google Play Store, just in time as its target release window of April 2022 is about to close. Then again, the app in question is still in beta. Furthermore, it does not consist of an awful lot of content at present: it offers just 1 custom wallpaper (the one alluded to in Carl Pei's earlier keynote), as well as the promised dot-matrix clock and weather widgets.

Apart from that, there is an icon pack to turn all of them into circles (far from unusual, in truth). Then again, an option to max an icon or folder's size out to 3x3 on the homescreen, as opposed to the 1x1 default, is also baked in here. In addition, Nothing's teenage engineering-derived design team has also released the first few system sounds it has developed for the phone (1).

They are fairly original in this case, although the first-gen notification tone is easy to miss, to be honest. The tones are accompanied by a few more wallpapers, at least. The OEM has announced that it is compatible with devices of the Samsung Galaxy S22 or S21 lines, or Pixels of the 5 series or newer, leaving others such as those of OnePlus waiting for now.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-04-30 (Update: 2022-05- 9)