There’s not much at the moment
Nothing, creator of Ear wireless headphones (1) and maybe one day a real smartphone called Phone (1), released beta version of its future phone launcher today.
It’s a really tiny little glimpse of how the company imagines its first smartphone should look like. And that tells me next to nothing about how his phone actually works.
Widgets and icons — The most notable changes are the new widgets that come with Nothing’s launcher. There are two clocks – one analog, the other 24-hour digital – and a weather widget that pulls its data from AccuWeather.
Like the Nothing widgets teased when Phone(1) was first announced, they feature a sort of old-school matrix design that’s graphical and clearly shares lineage with the Nothing UI that Teenage Engineering once used on its own. products. There isn’t much, and no additional functionality that I can see.
No other major changes are to app icons. Besides inserting an easy way to add custom icon packs, the company also lets you long-press icons and folders and “maximize” them so they’re more visible and easier of access.
Fonts — The rest of the tweaks are relegated to the Settings app for now. No raster fonts appear anywhere, along with new iconography for selecting the size of app grids.
Ringtones and Wallpapers — The new launcher also comes with custom ringtones and wallpapers. Nothing is available via a separate Dropbox link. It’s weird that they’re not included in the jump, but the options, both audio and visual, are pretty cool so far.
Not enough – Nothing’s launcher beta comes with its fair share of missing features. Notably, the Discover page on the left of the home screen is missing and color theming which is a high-level feature of Android 12 is not possible at all.
More than that, nothing makes it look like he’s still being too tight-lipped about what he’s planning. The company has a lot of ingredients for an interesting phone, but I still don’t have a clear idea how they’ll come together for the company’s promised summer launch. Although neat, this launcher does not lighten much.
Nothing Launcher beta is available to download now for Galaxy S21, Galaxy S22, Pixel 5, and Pixel 6 phones. OnePlus support is coming at a later date.