Almost a month after the announcement that Carl Pei’s Nothing will release its first smartphone, the company has now released the Nothing Launcher, which offers a taster of the Android-based Nothing operating system.
[Update 05/09]Note: After initially being available for a limited number of devices, Nothing Launcher Beta is now available for all smartphones running Android 11 or higher. You can download it right now on the Google Play Store.
This update also includes a number of minor tweaks to the barebones launcher with the ability to quickly change your wallpaper with an on-screen popup, with a direct link to Nothing’s wallpapers and ringtones. You’ll also see a dedicated Nothing Launcher icon on your device’s home screen with this update along with a new settings page on first launch.
This third-party home screen replacement can be installed on Galaxy S21, Galaxy S22, Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 6 series phones and includes a number of features and functions that will be at the heart of the upcoming Nothing phone(1) . Support for OnePlus devices will be “coming soon”.
As an early preview, Nothing Launcher includes a number of tweaks and adjustments including what Pei’s firm calls “Max Icons” and “Max Folders.” This allows you to long-press on app icons or folders and increase the space taken up on your home screen. The level of customization is not up to Nova Launcher levels with a simple approach similar to AOSP or Pixel Launcher taken here.
Nothing Launcher (Beta) is a beta preview of Nothing OS. Experience Android combined with our iconic design language. Unique features include max icons and max folders, as well as custom weather and clock widgets.
Nothing has a number of unique wallpapers, weather and clock widgets along with ringtones to match this new android launcher. Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be any support for the Google Discover feed, something that’s becoming more common in various Android OEM skins.
You can download the app right now on the Google Play Store to try out the upcoming Nothing OS. However, you will need to set it manually by heading to Settings > Apps > Default apps > Default launch app. You can find a guide on how to install Nothing Launcher on your device below:
If you want Nothing Launcher wallpaper, our own Dylan Roussel has extracted a high resolution version of the default wallpaper that you can download right here.
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