Nothing Phone (1) Android 13 beta testing now open, public beta rolling out in two weeks

The company has confirmed that the Nothing Phone (1) will see a stable Android 13 release in early 2023.

Highlights
  • Carl Pei announced that Nothing Phone (1) Android 13 closed beta is now open through his Twitter account. 
  • The company’s founder also said that the Nothing Phone (1) Android 13 public beta would start rolling out in the next two weeks. 
  • The procedure for signing up for the Nothing Phone (1) Android 13 beta program is still unknown. 

Nothing Phone (1)’s Android 13 release has been making headlines for a couple of weeks since the company’s founder started teasing it on Twitter. Yesterday, the Nothing founder announced the Android 13 open and closed beta details for the Phone (1) on his Twitter account. Per the tweet, the closed beta testing is now open, with the company aiming to roll out the public beta in the next two weeks.

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For those unaware, the London-based startup earlier announced that the Phone (1) will see a stable Android 13 release in early 2023. Now that the open beta for the Android 13 is scheduled for rollout by the end of 2022, it looks like the company is on track and could deliver the firmware on the promised timeline, if not before it.

Nothing Phone (1) Android 13 open beta soon

While the announcement says the Android 13 closed beta is now open, it doesn’t reveal the procedure for signing up for the program and whether it’s available for Nothing Phone (1) users or developers. Furthermore, we also don’t know about users from which territories are eligible for enrolling in the Nothing Phone (1) Android 13 close beta. However, we’ll witness a worldwide beta release in the next two weeks, as promised by Carl Pei.

Nothing has been quite aggressive in pushing out firmware upgrades since the Phone (1)’s debut. The company has released eight software updates within four months of the Phone (1) debut. Besides this, the Nothing Phone (1) is amongst the first smartphones in its segment to get Jio 5G support in India.

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. 29,398
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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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