Nothing Phone (1) users are getting a massive free software upgrade next week

The popular Android phone is finally getting the update we've all been waiting for

Nothing Phone 1 review
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While the focus of popular Android phone manufacturer, Nothing, has been on their latest release, it's not the only device which is making headlines. The Nothing Phone (2) was unveiled a little over a month ago, and earned rave reviews across the industry.

Now, though, it's the original Nothing Phone (1) which is getting a boost. Users of that device are about to get a fantastic free software upgrade, which should bring a host of great new features to the handset.

That's the Nothing OS 2.0 software which launched alongside the Phone (2). The new operating system brought a host of new features to the device, which will soon be usable by owners of the older handset.

The software has been in beta testing on Phone (1) since the beginning of August. However, as confirmed by the brand on Twitter, the public release is coming next week. They weren't specific with a date, though it's likely that the update will be phased over a couple of days anyway.

So, what can Phone (1) users expect from Nothing OS 2.0? Well, there are a couple of key things which changed. Mainly, that includes things like lock screen customisation and new widgets. It should offer a lot more functionality for those devices.

It also includes the Glyph Composer. That was one of the most popular features of the new software, allowing users to sequence their own ringtones with built in flashes from the Glyph lighting. That should allow users to create a tailormade light and sound ringtone for different contacts and apps, allowing them to always know who is getting in touch, without having to check the notification.

We've also seen some camera improvements made in subsequent upgrades to the system. That includes a general clarity upgrade when using the 50MP setting, and upgrades for low light shots and Portrait mode.

Video quality was also improved. Image stabilisation and contrast were given a boost there, to hopefully make your footage look much better, straight from the sensor. It's not clear if these upgrades will also be available on the Phone (1), or if the improved sensor on the new model is key.

Regardless, it's a fantastic upgrade for users. The Nothing OS 2.0 software is a big step up from the original, and should make for a much more pleasing user experience. 

Sam Cross
Staff Writer

Online news writer at, Sam has five years of experience in online and print journalism, with work featured in publications like Metro and Last Word on Sports. After years writing about music and football, Sam now turns his hand to bringing you news about new phones, smart home products, smart watches, laptops and TVs. Sam is a longtime fan and user of Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches.He’s also T3’s resident football expert, bringing you everything you need to know about the big games, including how to watch them. In his spare time, Sam is a keen guitarist, watch lover and (very) amateur golfer.