A month ago the second Android 13 beta for the Nothing Phone (1) came out and now the test phase is over. Nothing OS 1.5.2 is already being distributed and includes a stable build of Android 13 and the January 2023 security patch. However, the new firmware arrives without Nothing yet announcing the official rollout schedule for this stable version.
At the moment it looks like only participants in the beta program will get the new version. As long as no unexpected problems arise, the new Nothing OS based on Android 13 should soon come to all users. Anyone who has already participated in the public beta will get a fairly small firmware update of only 157 MB with the new build. Above is a screenshot of the changelog for Nothing OS v1.5.2.
According to a tweet from Nothing founder Carl Pei, battery life improves significantly with Nothing OS v1.5. The point can also be found in the changelog – according to which the standby power consumption was halved.
Pei attributes the overall better software quality to an internal team developing Nothing OS. In fact, developers previously worked on Oxygen OS for OnePlus. In a recent interview, Pei said that Nothing started with just five engineers on the mobile team. So the first version of Nothing OS had to be outsourced. Meanwhile, 100 employees work at Nothing on the operating system alone. In addition, the Nothing Phone (2) is already in development.