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Update: February 21, 2023 (6:26 AM ET): Nothing has finally made it official, publishing a blog post that confirms the release of Nothing OS 1.5 atop Android 13. So you should be getting it in the next few days if you haven’t received it yet.
Either way, you’re getting a ton of features and improvements here. This includes a weather app, faster fingerprint unlock speeds, better battery life, and more. You can view the full changelog in the article below.
Original article: February 17, 2023 (12:05 AM ET): The Nothing Phone 1 has finally started seeing a stable Android 13 update. The Nothing OS 1.5 update, which has been in beta since December, is now seeing a stable release with version number 1.5.2 and the January 2023 security patch.
The update was reported by a number of Nothing Phone 1 users on the company’s official Discord channel and on Reddit, reports XDA Developers. It weighs just 157MB if you had the last public beta. Of course, if you’re upgrading from the previous stable build, the OTA package would be bigger. It’s also highly possible that the current stable build is limited to open beta users. That said, the new software should roll out to all Phone 1 users in the coming weeks.
As for what the update contains, there’s a long list of improvements, including a custom weather app, Material You theming, improved audio controls, far better app loading speeds, and more. Nothing chief Carl Pei also recently reported that the update has greatly improved the battery life on the phone.
After this update, Nothing’s main goal is Nothing OS 2, as Pei told Android Authority in an exclusive interview. It will also be based on Android 13, but we’re not sure when exactly it’ll land. Perhaps the company will debut it alongside the new phone it’s planning for the US market.
Meanwhile, you can view the complete changelog for the stable Android 13 update for the Nothing Phone 1 below.
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