Earlier this month, the Nothing Phone (1) received an early access update, showcasing Nothing OS 2.5 based on Android 14. As a festive surprise, the brand has now unveiled the Nothing OS 2.5 Open Beta program for Phone users.
For Nothing Phone 1 users, Nothing OS 2.5, driven by Android 14, marks a significant shift. The update promises a range of enhancements, offering users a sneak peek into the upcoming features.
Features in th Update:
In terms of customization, a joint Home Screen and Lock Screen page redesign provides a more comprehensive view. The Atmosphere wallpaper effect breathes life into background photos, adding dynamic motion to both lock and home screens. Solid color wallpapers contribute to a sleeker Home Screen, complemented by a new monochrome color theme.
Gesture improvements include a customizable double-press power button for quick feature access and expanded Lock Screen shortcut options. A three-finger swipe gesture enables swift screenshot capture, with a new editor and menu for advanced editing features.
New widgets, such as Pedometer, Media Player, and Screen Time, enhance user experience. For closed beta participants, the open beta introduces additional enhancements, including a Glyph animation for NFC usage, improved Flip to Glyph, and optimized Weather app and notification of weather alerts.
Other improvements include a refreshed back gesture arrow, separate ringtone and notification sound volume settings, updated Quick Settings layout, enhanced camera stability, and improved overall system stability.
To join the open beta, users need to ensure their Nothing OS is up to date, download the required APK, and navigate to Settings > System > Update to Beta version. Valuable feedback can be shared through Settings > System > Feedback or on the community platform at nothing.community.
A note of caution accompanies the beta release, as there’s a slight chance of potential data interference, possibly requiring a factory reset. Users are strongly advised to back up their data before venturing into the new software.