The Nothing Phone 1 launched not too long ago with a unique design and OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei at the helm. While the Nothing Phone 1 is set to receive three years of Android updates, it’s unclear when Android 13 will arrive, and Carl Pei isn’t exactly communicating with a timeline.
When Nothing Phone 1 was released, a decent Android support compromise, but that wasn’t terrible either. Three years of Android OS updates, starting with Android 12, with bi-monthly security updates for four years. It’s more or less the same policy that OnePlus has on its smartphones.
But now Android 13 is available and rolling out widely to Pixel phones, as well as in beta testing for devices from OnePlus, Oppo, Xiaomi, and more.
Nothing, on the other hand, has yet to confirm any plans for its Android 13 update on the Nothing Phone 1. When asked about the matter, Carl Pei had an interesting responsesaying that a phone is “more than just its specs, features, and version numbers.”
While true, it’s certainly not a faith-filled feeling for new customers.
The speed of software updates doesn’t necessarily make or break an experience, but they’re a key part of any phone, especially one that puts software as a central selling point. On its website, Nothing advertises that the device includes “only the best of Android” with a “refined” experience.
Nothing’s update commitment already lags behind most of the competition and addressing a valid question like this can easily come across as a bit off-putting, especially when there are still software issues with existing builds. Our Max Weinbach has been documenting his first experiences with the Nothing Phone On twitterincluding several glaring issues such as broken auto-rotation.
In any case, we’re hoping to see Nothing release some status on their plans for Android 13, but we’ll have to wait and see.
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