Nothing Launcher Beta for Android available on Google Play Store

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A photo of the Nothing Launcher on a Pixel 5

The Nothing Launcher is nothing at the moment.
Photo: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

Being an Android user can be fun when you can try new apps, launchers and even the next version of the operating system before they are ready for the show. But what’s not fun is taking advantage of that advantage and realizing that what you’re playing with is nothing.

Nothing’s Nothing Launcher is available in beta in the play store today, for anyone who wants to cosplay as if they have an unreleased nothing smartphone in the hand. The brand is the brainchild of former OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei, who tweeted today on the availability of the launcher.

There are nothing at pitcher right now, and I’m having trouble determining if that’s the point. Once installed, it is not available in the app drawer and you will need to manually enable it through the Android settings panel to configure the launcher. Head toward Settings > apps > Default appsand select Residence to swap launchers.

The Nothing launcher is quite minimalistic in terms of launchers. It blends in well with Android 12’s Material You engine, although there are no Material-style icons or widgets to associate with the rest of the interface.

Nothing is “tailor made” widgets are cyber futuristic I guess? They stand out that way with the pixel and number pattern. It looks spooky when paired with the perforated hand on the default background, which looks like it was styled after that scene in Hitchcock. psychology. Is the default Nothing wallpaper supposed to scare me into buying one of these smartphones?

Three screenshots of the Nothing Launcher

Screenshots of the Nothing Launcher installed on a Pixel 5 with Android 12.
Screenshot: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

The launcher is not an adequate preview of what is to come from a Nothing smartphone. This doesn’t tell us anything about the hardware or its camera and processing capabilities. It tells us little about the overall user experience, except that it attempts to reduce Android activity. That would be nice, but there are plenty of apps out there that already help with that.

The Benefits of Nothing

The Nothing Launcher has a cool feature that you wouldn’t get with the Pixel one. Nothing lets you swap out custom icon packs, which is fine, and the main photo you see above includes a third-party pack called verticons. However, it takes a second to get to the Wallpaper and style menu; you can only access Nothing’s settings by long pressing on the home screen. You cannot change it from the default Android settings panel like you would on any other Android smartphone.

Nothing Launcher beta works on Google Pixel 5 and above, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S21 and S22 series. OnePlus is conspicuously absent from the list, although support is coming soon. You can grab wallpapers and ringtones from a Dropbox folder to couple with the launcher. I’m surprised they weren’t included from the start.

Pei mentioned a Discord for people to join if they want to leave feedback for the Nothing Launcher beta. The main complaints so far are that there is no Google Discover feed when swiping left and Material You is not properly integrated into it. If you’re particularly invested in the Nothing smartphone, I suggest you go ahead and start reviewing it.

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