The excitement is noticeable as we compare Nothing OS 2.0 and its predecessor, Nothing OS 1.5.6, running on Nothing Phone (1). With the buzz surrounding the latest update, we will see whether the software really elevates your smartphone experience or is it just a cosmetic facelift.
Is Brighter Always Better?
First up, let’s tackle the question that’s been on everyone’s mouth: has the brightness improved in Nothing OS 2.0? After rigorous testing with a Lux meter, we have to say the older version, 1.5.6, performed better in screen brightness. Yes, you heard it right. Sometimes, newer isn’t always better.
Smooth Moves or Jittery Jumps?
The animation game appears to remain the same across both versions. But, it’s not all smooth sailing for Nothing OS 2.0. We noticed occasional jitters and lags, issues we never faced with 1.5.6. The older version seems more fine-tuned, while the latest one feels like it needs a bit more polishing.
For those who appreciate the subtle art of haptic feedback, Nothing OS 2.0 brings in stronger vibrations. However, we found the crisp and precise feedback in the older version much more to our liking. It appears that “stronger” does not always equate to “better.”
When it comes to the camera, small UI tweaks are apparent in the newer OS. But the shutter speed still lags in both versions, with no sign of improvement in 2.0. After clicking a range of photos, we felt the older version provided better color, sharpness, and dynamic range. Low light performance was also more competent in 1.5.6.
If you were hoping for a louder audio experience, both versions will leave you wanting. Our tests showed no noticeable difference in sound quality between the two versions.
Battery Life and Benchmark
In the battery department, both OS versions clocked a similar Screen-On Time (SOT) of around 5 to 6 hours. Benchmark scores also showed a minor drop in performance in the newer version. A surprising find was in the wildlife stress test, where OS 2.0 showed slightly better stability.
To Update or Not to Update?
So, what’s the bottom line? Nothing OS 2.0 brings some new features and a few UI changes, but does it significantly enhance the overall experience? Not really. Our vote leans towards the older, more stable Nothing OS 1.5.6 for now.
So folks, think twice before hitting that ‘Update’ button. Until then, keep geeking and stay tuned for more tech updates!
You can also give our video a watch if you want to see this comparison in the visuals.
Nothing Phone (2a) Launch Set for Next Month – Confirmed Officially
Nothing has recently confirmed the launch date of their upcoming Nothing Phone (2a) through a video on their YouTube channel. The upcoming Nothing Phone (2a) is going to launch on 5 March 2024.
The title which is given to the launch event of Nothing Phone (2a) is Fresh Eyes. If we see the teaser image, then it shows the outline of the eyes. Moreover, the teaser image of the Phone (2a) gives us a hint that the rear camera has dual camera lenses which are aligned sideways and are closer to the center of the back.
The codename of the Nothing Phone (2a) is Aerodactyl, which is going to be launched by next month. This is expected to be a budget-level smartphone from Nothing. Also, this is the first phone from Nothing that comes with a MediaTek Processor. Nothing claims that this phone pawns elements for Nothing Phone (2), which is an expensive phone from Nothing.
This Nothing Phone (2a) is a clear upgrade from Nothing Phone (1), which is the company’s first smartphone launched back in July 2022. If you want to know more about the specifications of Nothing Phone (2a), then consider this post. Furthermore, Nothing has recently launched the Glyph Developer Kit for developers which allows developers to implement the use of glyph interface in their apps.
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The Glyph Developer Kit for Nothing Phone (1) and Nothing Phone (2) Has Arrived
Nothing, a UK-based smartphone manufacturing company has recently released its Glyph Developer Kit which allows developers to take the benefit of the LED lights that are present on the back panel of the Nothing Phone (1) and Nothing Phone (2). With this Glyph Developer Kit, developers can integrate the Glyph functionality in their apps.
Currently, the Software Development Kit also known as SDK is live on GitHub for both Nothing Phone (1) and Nothing Phone (2). If we talk about the programmable LED lighting zones, then Nothing Phone (1) has 12 but on the other hand, Nothing Phone (2) has 33 programmable LED lighting zones which you can see in the images listed below:
Developers can start Twiddle with the Glyph Developer Kit. Moreover, they can sign up, so that they will be notified whenever the registration of the API Key opens. As the Glyph Developer Kit is Live, so we can expect Glyph Interface functionality to be working in more apps.
What do you guys think regarding this, whether we got this Glyph Interface functionality to be working in more apps? Do let us know in the comment box. Also, tell us whether you like this post or not.
Nothing is planning to remove Glyph Interface in their upcoming mid-range Nothing Phone (2a)
Nothing’s CEO Carl Pei has recently confirmed that their upcoming Nothing Phone (2a) can be a successor to their first-generation phone. Previously, the hands-on images of the upcoming Nothing Phone (2a) have been revealed on Reddit along with the specifications. Now, we have the first look at the back design of the Nothing Phone (2a) which was the press render posted by Smartprix in partnership with leakster Onleaks.
Specifications of Nothing Phone (2a)
Before talking about the back design of the design, let’s discuss the specifications along with the previous hands-on images. So, this all-new Nothing Phone (2a) comes with the 6.7-inch 120 Hz FHD+ AMOLED Display. The phone (2a) is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Chipset. If we talk about Cameras, then the phone comes with a rear dual 50MP camera setup.
The primary 50MP sensor is Samsung GN9 and the ultrawide 50MP sensor is JN1 rear camera. After that, the front camera is 32 MP (Sony IMX615). The upcoming Nothing Phone (2a) is most probably to have come with Android 13 out of the box. Phone (2a) is rumoured to have come in 2 RAM and ROM variants i.e. 8GB/128GB and 12GB/256GB. We have two colour options, Black and White.
If we talk about the availability of the phone, then the phone will be available in PacmanIND (India), PacmanJPN (Japan), PacmanEEA (Europe), and Pacman (global). Now, we have the front and back hands-on image of the phone (2a) posted by a tipster on their X account. The tipster said that these images were provided by a Reddit user.
For the first look at the back design of Nothing Phone (2a), Smartprix has partnered with leakster Onleaks for this back design of Nothing Phone (2a) which you can see below:
The above image confirmed that there is no glyph interface. However, the company’s branding along with the CE certification details are visible on the bottom (left and right) side of the back panel. The reason behind the cut-off of the glyph interface can be differentiated between the Nothing Phone number series and the Nothing Phone (a) series (budget series from Nothing).
At last, if we talk about the expected price of Nothing (2a), then the expected price of the Phone (2a) will be in the range of $400/€400/INR30K.
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