Nothing has just released a test version of their new software, called Nothing OS 2.5 Open Beta 2, for people who use the Nothing Phone 2. This comes after the release of Nothing OS 2.5 Open Beta 1 in October this year. The new Beta 2 includes some improved features, like an updated Glyph Interface.
This software is based on Android 14 and also introduces new widgets. However, because it’s a test version (Beta), Nothing warns that it might cause problems with the phone’s data and how well it works. So, it’s a good idea for users to back up all their important information before trying it. If users don’t like the Beta version, they can switch back to Nothing OS 2.0.4.
In a message to the community, Nothing explains that the Nothing OS 2.5 Open Beta 2 supports a feature called Predictive Back on all Nothing apps. Phone 2 users can also add more options to the double-press power button action. This version has updated icons in the status bar and claims to make the three-finger swipe gesture better. Besides fixing general problems, it also includes some small improvements to how the screen looks.
Changes to the Glyph Interface include a Glyph Timer that can now be set to specific times and can be opened directly from the lock screen. There’s also Glyph Progress integration for Google Calendar and a new Glyph animation when NFC is used. The Nothing OS 2.5 Open Beta 2 supports lock screen widgets and adds a new pedometer widget with a special animation for tracking steps. Users can also use a screentime widget to see how much time they spend on their phone and a new media widget to control music or podcasts from different apps.
If you’re a Nothing Phone 2 user and want to try this Beta version, you need to download the Nothing OS Beta tool APK file (available in the Community post). Then, go to Settings > System > Update to Beta version, tap Check for New Version, and follow the instructions on the screen.
In a video update to the community, Nothing also gave a sneak peek at Nothing OS 3, which is expected to have significant improvements over the current OS. It’s likely to be based on Android 14 and may be released in early 2024. However, the company hasn’t confirmed the exact date for the release of Nothing OS 3 yet.
Nothing has unveiled the Nothing OS 2.5 Open Beta 2 for Nothing Phone 2 users, featuring enhancements like an updated Glyph Interface and new widgets. Despite the improvements, users should be cautious as Beta releases may impact data and phone performance. Notably, the update supports Predictive Back on all Nothing applications and introduces various customization options. Additionally, Nothing teased the upcoming Nothing OS 3 in a community update, promising substantial improvements over the current OS, expected to be based on Android 14 and potentially launching in early 2024.