London-based consumer technology Nothing has officially launched the Nothing OS 2.5 Open Beta 1 update powered by Android 14 for its Nohting Phone (2). This update marks a significant milestone for Nothing, surpassing in importance its OS 2.0 launch in July. According to Nothing, OS 2.5 brings a number of exciting new features that aim to enhance and personalize the smartphone experience for users.
Changes in Nothing OS 2.5 Open Beta 1
1. Widget Interface Revamp: Open Beta 1 of Nothing OS 2.5 introduces a sleek and new design to the widget library interface.
The updated design has been implemented to improve the clarity and visual appeal of the Nothing widgets, which ultimately enhances the overall aesthetic of your smartphone’s home screen.
2. Photos Widget: Users have the option to show their favorite photos on both the home screen and the lock screen.
3. Screenshot Editor: The new Nothing OS 2.5 Open Beta 1 comes with an improved screenshot editor and menus. This means that when you take a screenshot, you can do more with it. Now you can easily edit your screenshots in many ways and delete them instantly if you don’t need them. This gives you better control over the photos taken.
4. Redesigned Back Gesture: The back gesture has been reimagined in line with Nothing’s distinctive design language.
5 App Icon Hiding: You can hide app icons on your phone to keep things private and make it look the way you want. Simply swipe right on your app list, and you can hide apps on your home screen. This way, your home screen can be clear but you can still use your apps easily.
6 Screenshot Capture Made Easy: Easily take a screenshot by just swiping three fingers on your screen. This simple and easy feature makes it a breeze to capture what’s on your screen and share it with others.
7. Customizable Power Button: Personalize your smartphone even more by setting what happens when you press the power button twice. This allows you to quickly find your favorite things on your phone, making it work better for you.
8. Enhanced Customization: The new open beta version of Nothing OS 2.5 makes some big changes to how you can personalize your phone’s home screen and lock screen. This means you have even more ways to make your phone look and work the way you like.
9. Unique Wallpapers: A glass filter has been introduced for creating unique wallpapers, along with new solid color options for a cleaner Home Screen appearance.
Android 14 Features
The Open Beta 1 of Nothing OS 2.5 doesn’t just come with its own new features; it also takes advantage of Android 14 to give users a better overall experience.
Furthermore, Nothing OS builds upon Android 14 features such as sleek monochrome visuals, a refreshed back gesture, a redesigned quick settings menu with the Nothing earbuds icon, and an expanded set of lock screen shortcuts. With this update, users get the ability to individually manage ringtone and notification volumes thanks to an improved volume control interface. Additionally, regional settings have been enhanced to provide a more personalized and user-friendly experience.
How to Install Nothing OS 2.5 Open Beta 1
Before moving to Nothing OS 2.5 Open Beta 1, please make sure you have Nothing OS version 2.0.3 already installed. Once you have the previous version, proceed with the following steps.
- Download the APK and install it from your downloads.
- Go to your device’s Settings > System > Update to Beta version.
- Select “Check for new version” and follow the on-screen instructions.