The Nothing Launcher is now available to download from the Google Play Store on select Android devices. Here’s how to install it on your phone.
The Nothing Launcher is now available to download from the Google Play Store on select Android smartphones. Nothing is the curiously-named startup founded by former OnePlus executive Carl Pei. The company started off by launching audio accessories like TWS earbuds but has since confirmed plans to launch its first smartphone later this year.
During an online event last month, Pei revealed that the Nothing Phone (1) will be powered by a Snapdragon processor, although the exact chip remains a mystery. It is also said to offer a relatively clean Android experience, with 40 percent fewer pre-installed apps compared to other Android smartphones. The device will also get three years of OS updates and four years of Android security patches.
Ahead of the launch of the first-generation Nothing Phone, the Nothing Launcher has been made available for download on the Google Play Store. The software is still in beta, and according to the official Play Store listing page, it is currently only compatible with a handful of Android devices. The list of compatible devices include Samsung’s Galaxy S21 and S22-series smartphones, as well as Google’s Pixel 5 and Pixel 6-series handsets. The company also says that it will soon be compatible with OnePlus devices, but there’s no word on exactly which OnePlus phones it will be compatible with. Nothing had first teased the availability of the Nothing Launcher during last month’s online event.
Download And Install Nothing Launcher
To download the Nothing Launcher, simply head over to the the Play Store listing page and download it like any other app. Once installed, it can be used as the default launcher on that phone. To do that on a Samsung Galaxy S21 or S22, head to Settings, tap on ‘Apps,’ select ‘Choose default apps‘ and then ‘Home app.’ Finally, select the Nothing Launcher as the default launcher to check out its various features and functionality. On Pixel devices, head to Settings, then ‘Apps and Notifications,’ followed by ‘Default apps,’ and then select ‘Home app.’ Finally, tap on the radio button next to ‘Nothing Launcher‘ to select it as the default launcher app for that device.
The Nothing Launcher comes with three home-screen widgets, including a retro weather widget, an analog clock widget and a digital clock widget. The launcher also comes with a quirky default wallpaper that seemingly shows a hand behind a glass pane. Users can also change the size of the app icons and folders on the home screen. It is a cool feature not always found in OEM launchers, even though it is a staple of third-party launcher apps like Nova Launcher. The app is a little barebones at the moment, but it’s still in beta and Nothing will likely update it with more features in the days and weeks ahead.
Next: Nothing Earbuds: How To Activate Noise Canceling & Other Modes
Source: Nothing Launcher/Google Play Store
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