– Jan 20, 2023 2:47 pm PT
Although Android 13 is the talk of the Nothing Phone (1) owners, the latest stable update for the operating system Nothing OS 1.1.8 is now released.
Nothing OS is the name given to the lightweight Android variant of Nothing that currently only runs on the phone (1). There are some key differences between this vision of Android and the build you’ll find on Pixel phones, but the experience is very similar to the Pixel 6a.
After XDA, the patch for Nothing OS 1.1.8 begins the rollout for the startup’s only Android-powered device. The most notable big change is the addition of the Nothing X app. This effectively replaces the legacy Ear(1) application that controls all aspects of the company’s ANC-enabled Bluetooth earbuds.
If you own the Ear (1) earbuds, all existing controls including ANC settings, firmware updates and more can be accessed through the Nothing X app. Add to that the very latest security patch from January 2023. These additions bring parity for those running stable Android 12 builds as the current Android 13 beta added the patch and the Nothing X app about a week ago.
The Nothing OS 1.1.8 full changelog also includes bug fixes, but there are no further details on which issues have been fixed or patched. We’re not seeing the patch on any of our Nothing Phone (1) review units yet, but it appears to be slowly rolling out to those in the EEA regions at the moment.
Nothing OS 1.1.8 might be one of the last Android 12-based updates before we see a stable release of Nothing OS 1.5 and Android 13. It’s not clear at this point, but this would align with previous timelines shared by Nothing lately -2022.
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