May 27, 2022

Nothing Launcher beta is available to download and try on more Android phones

By Jay Bonggolto Derrek Lee published 17 days ago

Nothing extends its beta launcher to phones running Android 11 and higher.

Nothing Launcher on a Pixel 6 Pro

Nothing Launcher in beta (Image credit: Nicholas Sutrich / Android Central)

Update (May 9, 2:50 PM ET): The Nothing Launcher beta receives an update, making it available to more Android smartphones.

What you need to know

  • Nothing Launcher is now available to download in beta via the Play Store.
  • It is an early version of the Nothing phone (1)’s operating system called Nothing OS.
  • After a limited launch, it’s now available on all phones running Android 11 and higher.

Although the Nothing phone (1)(opens in new tab) is still a few months away, you can now experience its operating system with the beta release of Nothing Launcher on the Google Play Store.

Carl Pei’s startup is previewing Nothing OS through its latest beta, which is now available for download(opens in new tab) if you want to get an early taste of its user interface. However, you won’t be able to try it unless you own one of Google or Samsung’s best Android phones(opens in new tab), including the Galaxy S21 and S22 series phones, as well as the Pixel 5 and Pixel 6(opens in new tab) models. Support for OnePlus devices will arrive soon.Sponsored LinksDigital Marketing Courses That Would Look Great on Your ResumeDigital Marketing Courses | Sponsored Links

Nothing promised a near-stock Android experience when it teased the OS in March(opens in new tab), and it’s evident in the early beta despite its bare-bones appearance with limited functionalities. There are currently a few key features, but these are unlikely to be representative of the full experience when it becomes available to everyone.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…CLOSEhttps://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.517.2_en.html#goog_20841815000 seconds of 21 minutes, 49 secondsVolume 0% PLAY SOUND

After finishing the installation, you’ll immediately see a Nothing-style widget for weather information as well as bespoke digital and analog clock widgets. Nothing’s default icon pack is also visible all over the place.

However, the Nothing-themed wallpaper may not be as pleasing to the eye as it makes the status bar difficult to read and blurs out the icon labels.Image 1 of 3

Nothing Launcher beta preview
Nothing Launcher beta preview (Image credit: Play Store)
Nothing Launcher beta preview
Nothing Launcher beta preview (Image credit: Play Store)
Nothing Launcher beta preview
Nothing Launcher beta preview (Image credit: Play Store)

The launcher also allows you to enlarge app icons and folders, almost making it feel like your current phone is a bit too limited in terms of customization.

The UI’s overarching theme is, of course, Nothing’s signature retro dots, as well as a combination of red, white, and black colors.

It’s not quite up to par with the likes of Nova Launcher, though, when it comes to the customization level. But since the launcher is still in beta, Nothing will presumably improve what is otherwise a promising OS ahead of the Nothing phone (1) unveiling this summer.

Until then, the company wants to get your feedback in order to improve the experience. You can send suggestions for improvement by declaring your phone model and OS version, accompanied by screenshots or recordings, and submitting them via Nothing’s Discord server.

UPDATE

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Nothing announced a new update for its launcher on Monday. The update extends the Nothing Launcher beta to more users thanks to its expanded support for all Android phones running Android 11 or higher. The update now includes a “How to Set Up” page to help walk you through its features for users who open the launcher for the first time.

For those who have already downloaded the Nothing Launcher, you’ll now notice a new pop-up box that lets you easily switch to the Nothing wallpaper. And in case the default wallpaper doesn’t quite do it for you, Nothing provides access to a Dropbox folder with additional wallpapers and ringtones to download. Press and hold your home screen to access the launcher settings and navigate to Wallpaper & Style > Bonus content.

Visit the Play Store to download the new update.


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Jay Bonggolto

Jay Bonggolto 

News Writer

Jay Bonggolto always keeps a nose for news. He is a tech journalist based in the Philippines who has been writing about consumer tech for the past six years and has been using various Android phones since falling in love with Jelly Bean. When he’s not writing, he likes to spend time outside, stealing scenes with his phone camera.MORE ABOUT…The Samsung Memorial Day sale is offering some great deals on the Z Fold 3 and S22 li…Android 13 Beta 2.1 starts rolling out to fix some bugs for Pixel ownersLATESTBest Chromebook 2022

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