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Nothing Phone 1’s Latest Software Update Claims to Improve Charging Performance and More

Nothing Phone 1’s new software update also includes other tweaks like UI optimisations

Nothing Phone 1’s Latest Software Update Claims to Improve Charging Performance and More

The Nothing Phone 1 offers wireless charging as well

Highlights
  • Nothing Phone 1 should now work better with third-party chargers
  • Update changes default setting for the always-on display feature
  • Optimises minor UI details

Nothing Phone 1, which did quite well in our review, but there was definitely some room for improvements that can be brought about with software updates. Nothing released its first major software update on 21 July and brought some missing features like HDR10+ video streaming support, along with important optimisations like battery life improvements. And now, there's another software update that's making its way to the Phone 1.

Compared to the first software update, which was 93.81MB in size, the latest one is a lot smaller at 38.28MB. The software update does not add any new features, but attempts to fix existing ones and improve the software experience. Gadgets360 has received the update on its review units and here's what's new.

There's now a toggle for showing the fingerprint icon when the display has been switched off. Once switched on, the feature makes the fingerprint icon visible upon shaking or moving the device. Touching or moving the device should wake up the display and show the fingerprint icon for a quicker unlock experience.

New buyers of Nothing's Phone 1 will see the always-on display (AOD) feature turning off at night by default. The always-on display feature because of the new software update will now have the custom schedule on by default. The user can still manually change this to remain on all the time, but it's no longer the default behaviour.

Nothing also claims to have improved charging performance when charging the smartphone using third-party chargers with this update. This is vital as the Nothing Phone 1 does not come with a charger in the box. Users can charge the phone using their own compatible USB PD charger or purchase Nothing's Power (45W) charger accessory separately.

Other minor updates include resolving a Bluetooth codec issue along with optimising some minor UI details. Also included are the usual general bug fixes and stability improvements.

To recall, the Nothing Phone was launched in India on 12 July and is priced from Rs. 32,999 for the base 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant. The phone features a unique transparent design and Glyph Interface, which allows users to personalise the lighting effects on the back of the phone. The phone offers a 6.55-inch full-HD+ (1,080x2,400 pixels) OLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ SoC, and a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 primary camera that comes with OIS. You can read our detailed review of the smartphone here.


Is the Nothing Phone 1 worth it beyond its design choices? We discuss this on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.
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  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Premium build quality, unique design
  • Vivid 120Hz OLED display
  • Wireless charging and IP53 rating
  • Decent battery life
  • Clean software, snappy performance
  • Very good primary camera
  • Bad
  • Secondary cameras struggle in low light
  • No bundled charger
Display 6.55-inch
Front Camera 16-megapixel
Rear Camera 50-megapixel + 50-megapixel
RAM 8GB, 12GB
Storage 128GB, 256GB
Battery Capacity 4500mAh
OS Android 12
Resolution 1080x2400 pixels
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Sheldon Pinto
Sheldon Pinto is based in Mumbai, and has several years of experience in reviewing smartphones and gadgets. As a Senior Reviewer at Gadgets 360, you will always find him deeply immersed in his reviews, switching from one phone to another. When the battery dies out, Sheldon is always browsing the web for a good sci-fi movie or reading up on cars and bikes. He also loves creating lists of interesting places to eat and travel. Sheldon is available on Twitter at @shellshocd, and you can mail him at ...More
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