The Nothing Launcher is now available for download from the Google Play Store on select Android devices. Here’s how to install it on your phone.

the Nothing Launcher is now available for download from the Google Play Store on select Android smartphones. Nothing is the curiously named startup founded by former OnePlus executive Carl Pei. The company started out by launching audio accessories like TWS headphones, but has since confirmed plans to launch its first smartphone later this year.

During an online event last month, Pei revealed that the Nothing Phone (1) will be powered by a Snapdragon processor, although the exact chip remains a mystery. It is also said to offer a relatively clean Android experience, with 40% fewer pre-installed apps compared to other Android smartphones. The device will also get three years of OS updates and four years of Android security patches.


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Prior to the launch of the first generation Nothing Phone, the Nothing Launcher was made available for download on the Google Play Store. The software is still in beta, and according to the official Play Store listing page, it is currently only compatible with a handful of Android devices. The list of compatible devices includes Samsung’s Galaxy S21 and S22 series smartphones, as well as Google’s Pixel 5 and Pixel 6 series handsets. The company also says it will be compatible with OnePlus devices soon, but it’s unclear which OnePlus phones it will be compatible with. Nothing first teased the availability of the Nothing Launcher during last month’s online event.

Download and install Nothing Launcher

Nothing logo on android smartphone

To download the Nothing Launcher, just go to the Play Store listing page and download it like any other app. Once installed, it can be used as the default launcher on this phone. To do this on a Samsung Galaxy S21 or S22, go to Settings, tap ‘apps,’ to select ‘Choose default apps‘ and then ‘Home app.’ Finally, select the Nothing Launcher as your default launcher to experience its various features and functionalities. On Pixel devices, go to Settings, then ‘Apps and Notifications,’ followed by ‘Default apps,’ then select ‘Home app.’ Finally, press the radio button next to ‘thrower of nothing‘ to select it as the default launcher for this device.

The Nothing Launcher comes with three home screen widgets including a retro weather widget, an analog clock widget and a digital clock widget. The launcher also comes with a quirky default wallpaper that apparently shows a hand behind glass. Users can also change the size of app icons and folders on the home screen. It’s a cool feature not always found in OEM launchers, even though it’s a staple of third-party launcher apps like Nova Launcher. The app is a little rudimentary at the moment, but it’s still in beta and Nothing will probably update it with more features in the days and weeks to come.

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Source: Nothing Launcher/Google Play Store

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