A few weeks in the past, Nothing, the corporate based by Carl Pei, launched a brand new launcher app to tease a preview of Nothing OS. Whereas it was intially restricted to the Samsung Galaxy S21/S22 and Google Pixel 5/6 telephones, Nothing Launcher Beta is now obtainable for all units operating on Android 11 or above.
Let’s take a tour of its options, and discover out if it affords one thing new.
Lengthy press on a clean are of the homescreen to view the launcher’s menu. It has three shortcuts: Dwelling Settings, Widgets, Wallpaper & Type.
The Dwelling Settings lets you set Nothing Launcher because the default launcher. You’ll be able to toggle the Notification Dots possibility, which can show a badge on prime of icons to point a brand new message has arrived. The launcher will mechanically add new icons to the desktop once you set up apps, you may change this habits from the Settings.
Swipe up on the display to entry the app drawer. Swipe all the way down to view the short settings panel, a second swipe downwards shows the notification panel.
Lengthy press on the homescreen and faucet on the Widgets possibility. Scroll the record, and drag the widget to the homescreen the place you need to place it on. After you have added a widget, you may resize it by lengthy urgent on it and dragging its sides. To delete a widget, faucet and maintain it and drag it to the highest of the display the place it says “Take away”. To edit a widget’s settings, faucet and maintain on it, after which faucet the Edit button (pencil icon).
Nothing Launcher ships with three clock widgets, an analog clock, a digital clock, and a climate widget. The digital clock has a stable fashion and a clear fashion.
Notice: The climate data appears incorrect, a minimum of for my area. It was almost 12 levels Celsius off the mark. I attempted setting the situation to some US cities, and the outcomes had been higher. So, the climate supplier used within the launcher may very well be the problem right here.
The Google Search bar on the backside of the house display isn’t a widget, and it is persistent throughout all screens. It can’t be eliminated and takes up numerous area.
Wallpaper & Type
Nothing Launcher has distinctive bespoke wallpapers, all of them have a glass panel impact with some vertical strains. You’ll be able to entry the additional wallpapers and ringtones from the Bonus Content material web page. The app helps Wallpaper Scrolling throughout residence screens.
The App Grid setting helps you to set the app drawer’s dimension, you might select between a 4 by 5 or a 5 x 5 grid. This additionally impacts the dock’s dimension and allows you to place 5 icons on it.
The launcher makes use of icons which can be near inventory Android’s fashion, this may very well be a touch that the upcoming Nothing 1 Cellphone may run on an OS that’s like AOSP. The icons may be boring, however the excellent news is that Nothing Launcher helps third-party icon packs.
The dangerous information is that the launcher lacks an edit possibility for shortcuts, which means you can’t change the icon fashion of a selected shortcut, or rename the shortcuts. You’ll be able to create folders by dragging an app shortcut over one other one, and it helps you to rename folders.
Max Icons and Max Folders
Two options that stand out in Nothing Launcher are the Max Icons and Max Folders you can toggle. Lengthy press on an app’s icon on the house display and press the <> button to maximise the icon’s dimension, it turns the shortcut to an enormous button. Likewise, you may enlarge a folder’s dimension.
Icon packs used within the screenshots: Delta Icon Pack and Arctic Icons (Darkish and Gentle icons). The apps are free and open supply.
Is Nothing Launcher any good?
When you’re utilizing Nova Launcher or Lawnchair or an identical app with numerous customization choices, I do not assume you will discover that there’s something particular about Nothing Launcher. It is nonetheless in beta, so there’s room for enchancment. The app’s free and does not have adverts, so I feel it’s price a shot.
Obtain the Nothing Launcher beta app from the Google Play Retailer.
What do you concentrate on the app?