Nothing is currently in the process of developing a significant update for its customized Android platform. This update marks a major shift, comparable to the arrival of Nothing OS 2.0 alongside the Nothing Phone (2). The latest version is transitioning from its Android 13 foundations to Android 14, bringing forth various unique Nothing-specific features and a fresh makeover for the user interface to ensure a more consistent appearance. At present, the Nothing OS Open Beta (1) is exclusively accessible to owners of the Phone (2). However, the company has confirmed its ongoing efforts to provide an Android 14 update for the Phone (1) as well. If you’re eager to explore this update, here’s what you should keep in mind. It’s important to note that this is a beta release, which may contain occasional bugs that could affect its suitability for everyday use. If you’re willing to take this risk, make sure your phone is already updated to Nothing OS 2.0.3. After successfully installing version 2.5, you’ll have the flexibility to revert to Nothing OS 2.0.3 if needed. Nonetheless, it’s crucial to back up your data, as the rollback process includes a factory reset.
Here’s the comprehensive change log for Nothing OS 2.5 Open Beta 1 as:
- Updated the widgets library interface so Nothing widgets appear more clearly.
- New photos widget, allowing you to display your favourite photos on both your Home Screen and Lock Screen.
- New screenshot editor and menu, allowing for more advanced editing features and quick deletions.
- Updated design of back gesture to be more in line with Nothing’s style.
- Added the option to hide app icons on the Home Screen and app drawer. Swipe right in the app drawer to reveal hidden app icons.
- Capture screenshots quickly with a three-finger swipe.
- Customise the double-press power button to quickly access a chosen feature.
- Redesigned a joint Home Screen and Lock Screen customisation page for a more comprehensive view of options.
- Introduced the glass filter to make your favourite wallpapers extra unique.
- New solid colour wallpapers for a cleaner Home Screen appearance.
- Added a monochrome colour theme in the basic colour section.
- New back gesture while interacting with apps
- Updated Quick Settings layout and added Nothing earbuds icons.
- More Lock Screen shortcut options including do not disturb, mute, QR code scanner and video camera.
- Made it possible to set ringtone and notification sound volumes separately, with an updated volume control interface.
- Added regional settings so you can customise your unit and number preferences