For those who’re excited for the Nothing Cellphone (1), we’ve obtained giant data: as promised throughout the phone’s teaser announcement, now you may acquire an early mannequin of the gadget’s software program program to examine and play about with.
Effectively, as soon as we are saying ‘you’ we indicate notably people with a Samsung Galaxy S21 or Samsung Galaxy S22 sequence phone, or the Google Pixel 5 or Pixel 6 – that’s merely an early beta of the buyer interface, with only a few choices and devices.
We’re anticipating the Nothing Cellphone (1) to land sometime between June and September, nevertheless at an event with the silly title of The Reality, Nothing teased the gadget, and likewise promised that it’d launch the software program program shortly – correctly, ‘quickly’ is ‘now’ apparently.
What’s the Nothing Launcher like?
Easy methods to put within the Nothing OS
1. Discover the Nothing Launcher (beta) on the Google Play Retailer (or click on right here). Obtain it.
2. Go to your phone’s settings menu, then apps, then default apps, then default home apps.
3. Decide the Nothing Launcher and it’ll mechanically arrange.
There are three key choices that the Nothing Launcher brings onto your phone, nevertheless we’re going to presume this doesn’t signify the full perform set, on account of it’s a bit restricted. They’re constructed over what looks as if stock Android.
Firstly, there are three Nothing-themed widgets: local weather and two clocks (digital and analog). The digital clock and local weather widget have a spotty retro look, whereas the analog clock is a little more typical.
Second, there’s a new Nothing wallpaper, and it’s… positively one factor? We thought our phone had broken as soon as we first observed it, nevertheless no, that’s the way in which it’s meant to look. You may change the color of it to ensure that you, nevertheless this solely modifications the textual content material color.
Admittedly these are two comparatively small choices, and the third one is simply too, nevertheless it’s one we actually like. You may choose to enlarge app and folder icons, so in its place of taking one home inside the home menu grid it’ll take 4.
That is form of useful for ease of entry – you’ll be capable of merely slam your thumb on one part of the show and bear in mind to hit the app. We moreover see this being really useful for accessibility, for seniors or people with bodily disabilities who could battle to faucet really small icons.
We’re eager on this perform, and may already see our frequently phone feeling a bit restrictive as a result of it doesn’t have resizable icons.
Provided that the app is known as the Nothing Launcher (beta), we’re assuming that’s the major mannequin of the working system, and hopefully we’ll see new variations sooner than the Nothing Cellphone (1) launches with bigger updates. However for a major impression, we’re pleasantly shocked.