Nothing OS 1.5 Open Beta Update Brings Android 13 for Nothing Phone (1) Users: Changelog, Features

Nothing plans to roll out the Nothing OS 1.5 Stable update for the Nothing Phone (1) in early 2023.


Nothing has finally started rolling out Nothing OS 1.5 Open Beta for the Nothing Phone (1). To those unaware, the Nothing Phone (1) was launched earlier this year and came pre-loaded with Android 12. The company had promised to deliver Android 13-based Nothing OS 1.5 update by the end of 2022. Delivering on the promise, the brand has now started rolling out Nothing OS 1.5, based on Android 13, for the Nothing Phone (1).

Nothing took it to social media channels to make an announcement for the same. Nothing Phone (1) NothingOS 1.5 Open Beta update is gradually rolling out and is available for users selected under Android 13 open beta program. Let us take a closer look at the new features and changes that the Nothing OS 1.5 brings to the Nothing Phone (1).

Nothing OS 1.5 Update: Changelog and what’s new

Nothing Phone (1) Nothing OS 1.5 brings with it an all-new weather app with Nothing UI. The company has also introduced improved quick settings that include new network and Bluetooth device pop-ups. Nothing has also baked in several new privacy features including the photo picker and media permissions. The photo picker lets users choose the images that user wants to share with a particular app. Take a look at the changelogs below,

  • New weather app with custom Nothing UI.
  • Up to 50% increase in app loading speed.
  • More Material You. More colour schemes available for matching third-party apps to wallpaper.
  • Multi-language support that allows different languages for different apps.
  • Privacy upgrades. Including:
    • Photo picker. Choose which images you want to share with each app. 
    • Notification permissions. Control which apps can send you notifications.
    • Media permissions. Group the types of media you want to share e.g., photos and videos, music and audio, files. 
  • New QR code scanner in Quick Settings.
  • Clipboard preview: copied text appears on clipboard in the bottom corner of the screen. So you can directly edit the text before pasting.
  • New look for Media Control.
  • Foreground services. Close active background apps directly from the notification centre to save battery. 
  • Live caption: detects speech on your device and automatically generates captions.
  • Increased background memory. Reducing the wait for frequently used apps to load.
  • New self-repair feature that keeps Phone (1) running like it’s new. By clearing unused cache and expired system dumps.
  • Improved Quick Settings. Featuring new network and Bluetooth device pop-ups.
  • New UI for volume control. Easily adjust individual volume sliders without unlocking the screen (e.g. music vs alarm).
  • Improved Game Mode. New UI for light notifications and added Google Game Dashboard. Dashboard supports screenshots, screen recording, FPS display, and Do Not Disturb.

Readers must note that this is an open beta update and is not available for everyone. The company plans to roll out the Nothing Phone (1) Nothing OS 1.5 Stable update in early 2023 after getting feedback from open beta testers. In case you are looking to buy the Nothing Phone (1), make sure to check out our Nothing Phone (1) detailed review.

Do you use Nothing Phone (1) and if yes, did you apply for the Nothing OS 1.5 Open Beta program? If yes, did you receive the update on your unit? Do let us know in the comments section below.