Nothing Phone (1) Android 13-based OS 1.5 Beta update rolls out: changelog, new features

From faster app loading speed to enhanced game mode, Nothing OS 1.5 Open Beta brings a lot of new features. See what's more.

Highlights
  • Nothing Phone (1) receives Nothing OS 1.5 Beta update, based on Android 13.
  • The Nothing OS 1.5 Beta brings a lot of new features for its users.
  • The company clarified that Nothing OS 1.5 will officially launch in early 2023.

London-based consumer electronics brand Nothing has launched the open beta for Nothing OS 1.5 on the Nothing Phone (1), which will allow users to test out a beta version of the new software based on Android 13 ahead of its availability for the general public. This Android 13-based build will be available for download for users who have been approved into the Nothing OS 1.5 Beta, which started in December. 

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Nothing previously stated that the upgrade for the Nothing Phone (1) wouldn’t be ready until 2023. CEO Carl Pei had earlier said the company would seed the first beta build before the end of the year, with the stable upgrade arriving early in the next year. This seems to be the timeline Nothing is adhering to.

Nothing OS 1.5 Beta features

  • There is upto to a 50 per cent increase in app loading speed.
  • Multi-language support that allows different languages for different apps.
  • Privacy upgrades, which include:
  1. Photo picker: Choose which images you want to share with each app.
  2. Notification permissions: Control which apps can send you notifications.
  3. Media permissions: Group the types of media you want to share.
  • New look for Media Control.
  • Live caption that detects speech on your device and automatically generates captions.
  • New QR code scanner in Quick Settings.
  • New look for Media Control.

 

The new features of the open beta build of Nothing OS 1.5 also include improved Game Mode. As per the blog post, there is a new UI for light notifications and a Google Game Dashboard, which supports screenshots, screen recording, FPS display, and Do Not Disturb. It also has a new UI for volume control, improved quick settings, which feature new network and Bluetooth device pop-ups, increased background memory, a new self-repair functionality that clears the unused cache and expired system dumps, and more.

“And there is so much more to come. Nothing OS 1.5 will officially launch in early 2023. Until then, we will be listening to your feedback and consistently improving.”
– Nothing

Nothing Phone (1) specifications

The Nothing Phone (1) has a 6.55-inch FHD+ OLED display with a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate. Its distinctive Glyph interface, which has tens of thousands of LED notification lights on the back panel, is said to be its USP. The smartphone has a dual rear camera configuration with image stabilisation methods, including OIS and EIS. It has a 50MP primary Sony IMX766 sensor with a 1.88 aperture and a 50MP secondary Samsung JN1 sensor with a 2.2 aperture. There is a 16MP Sony IMX471 sensor camera with a 2.45 aperture for selfies and video calls.

The Nothing Phone (1) is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ processor, has an Adreno 642L GPU for graphics, and is paired with 12GB RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. A 4,500mAh battery within the phone supports 15W Qi wireless and 33W fast charging.

Key Specs

Nothing Phone 1
Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G Plus | 8 GBProcessor
6.55 inches (16.64 cm) Display
50 MP + 50 MPRear camera
16 MPSelfie camera
4500 mAh Battery
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Nothing Phone 1 Price
Rs. 28,869
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Review Summary

Expert Rating3.5/5

Design
★★★★★
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Display
★★★★★
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Software
★★★★★
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Camera
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Performance
★★★★★
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Battery
★★★★★
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Pros

  • Stylish, unique design
  • Clean software
  • Capable primary camera
  • Supports wireless charging

Cons

  • Doesn't ship with a charger
  • Slow 33W charging speed
  • Display's peak brightness not the best
  • Facial recognition is finicky
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