Nothing Launcher beta now live — initial impressions and how to use
- Carl Pei-led
Nothinghas released the Nothing Launcheron the Play Store.
- The launcher is currently in beta and is available for selected devices.
- Here’s everything you need to know about the Nothing Launcher.
The Nothing Launcher is currently available for selected devices, including the Pixel series, the Galaxy S21 series, the Galaxy S22 series, and select OnePlus devices. It is expected that support for more devices will be added in the coming days.
“We’re excited to share Nothing Launcher (Beta) with you. The first iteration of Nothing OS. Your first taste of phone (1),” Nothing said in its blog post.
How to download and use the Nothing Launcher
You can download and use the Nothing Launcher on selected Android devices. For this example, we have used a Samsung smartphone.
- Download the Nothing Launcher from here on your Android smartphone.
- Now, go to “Settings”, scroll down and find “Apps”.
- Now, click on “Choose default apps”.
- Then, click on “Home app” and select “Nothing Launcher”.
Bonus content from Nothing
In addition to the launcher, Nothing has also released some bonus content for fans. This includes two wallpapers, 2 ringtones and a notification tone. You can download the content from here.
Here’s how the Nothing Launcher looks -
Starting with the home screen, the launcher features a simplistic design. You can choose between a 4x5 app grid and a 5x5 app grid, based on your preference.
The Nothing Icon pack offers a near-stock Android experience. You can go to settings and enable notification dots, which show up on apps which you have received a notification from.
Coming to widgets, Nothing has offered three widgets with the launcher - analogue clock, digital clock and weather. While the analogue clock worked well, the digital clock and weather looked a bit odd. However, we expect this to be improved in the coming days.
All in all, the launcher looks very minimalistic and there isn’t much to explore in apart from the home screen and menu. The rest looks much like the stock Android experience and if you are someone who does not like a cluttered device, you can give Nothing Launcher a try. Just be sure not to keep your expectations high.
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