Nothing Phone (1) users just got a brilliant free software upgrade

Nothing OS 1.5 is the tech-companies' version of Android 13 – and you can get it right now

Nothing Phone 1 review
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Android 13 is nothing new in the world of Android phones, with the latest version of Google's software offering being unveiled back in August. It's been slowly rolling out to all kinds of devices, and that list now includes the Nothing Phone (1).

The UK-based tech start-up has begun releasing the Nothing OS 1.5 beta to users. The update is Nothing's take on the Android 13 operating system, and features a host of new apps and features.

For starters, users will get an all-new weather app. The skin is exactly what you'd expect from Nothing, with minimalism very clearly the brief. The app is mostly in black and white, with odd splashes of red to accent certain areas.

The new Nothing Phone (1) weather app in Nothing OS 1.5

(Image credit: Nothing)

Next up, there's a change to the volume control. Users can now open a more detailed mixer to adjust the volume of different sounds with greater ease. Users can independently adjust the level of calls, notifications and alarms, to ensure that only the stuff you want to hear, gets heard.

There's also a new Bluetooth pop-up window, which allows you to quickly change the settings for Bluetooth devices connected to the phone. Plus there's a QR code scanner in the quick access settings menu, and a new look for the media control centre, too.

Elsewhere, app loading speed gets a 50% boost, new colour themes have been added to the Material You customisation tool, and a new self-repair feature means that your phone should continue to run like new for longer. It works by periodically clearing any unused cache and expired system dumps.

The Nothing Phone (1) showing the new volume control centre

(Image credit: Nothing)

Currently, the update is being rolled out to those who signed up for the public beta. It's being done in stages, so users may have to wait a few days before they get the opportunity to upgrade.

For anyone who didn't sign up, the full update is expected in early 2023, so keep your eyes peeled in the new year for more.

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.