Carl Pei’s Nothing promised us a glimpse into the brand new Android launcher it was growing again in March this yr. This glimpse was presupposed to arrive with the Nothing launcher, a alternative app on your dwelling display screen on different supported Android gadgets. Whereas the launcher did arrive within the final week of April, it was supported solely on choose gadgets. Now it’s accessible for all telephones working with Android 11 and above. I attempted the Nothing launcher on my Realme GT 2 Professional working Android 12 (through Realme UI 3.0) and right here’s my expertise.
The way to get the Nothing launcher?
Getting the Nothing launcher is as simple as getting your arms on every other Android app. Merely go to the Google Play Retailer and sort in “Nothing launcher” to go looking for a similar. On a supported telephone, it’s best to see the app pop proper up as end result primary. Should you don’t see it simply but, your telephone doesn’t help the Nothing launcher but. Merely wait a little bit longer, and make sure you not fall for faux variations of the app.
As soon as put in, run Nothing launcher out of your present dwelling display screen or app drawer and you can be requested to interchange the default dwelling launcher. Do that and press the house button to go to the Nothing launcher.
Putting in the Nothing Launcher is kind of simple. (Specific Photograph)
The launcher does get a couple of issues proper early on. The aesthetic is clear right here and clearly the primary focus. There are not any advertisements, no steered apps, nothing of that kind. You get a easy dwelling display screen expertise, an app drawer, a couple of customized widgets and wallpapers. That’s it.
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The wallpapers look nice and match effectively with Nothing’s clear, considerably futuristic purple, black and white color scheme. They particularly work effectively with Nothing’s customized clock and climate widgets that come preloaded with the launcher. These aren’t readily utilized on the house display screen although, so you’ll have to lengthy press on a clean space and select widgets to manually discover, drag and add them.
The house display screen, app drawer and widgets of the Nothing launcher. (Specific Photograph)
As soon as added, nonetheless, the widgets look nice, particularly if you’re a fan of minimal retro designs like me. The climate widget particularly makes the many of the dotted retro look to ship retro-fied components just like the solar, clouds, and so forth. Assuming that is only a preview and Nothing will likely be making extra widgets with this aesthetic sooner or later, count on a clear and unique-looking dwelling display screen setup on the Nothing telephone when it lastly launches.
One other tiny addition I appreciated is the power to all the time pull up the keyboard while you head into the app drawer. This may be enabled through the top-right three-dot menu within the app drawer and lets you seek for an app quicker.
The flexibility to drag up a keyboard everytime you enter the app drawer is absolutely helpful. (Specific Photograph)
The very first thing we didn’t like right here was the shortage of options. The launcher feels very ‘beta’ with no customisation, no further talents, no gesture help or anything to set it aside apart from the wallpapers and widgets. The house display screen and app-drawer are very barebones at this stage. There is no such thing as a customisation accessible so neglect doing issues like altering your grid parameters, icon packs and even including a Google Feed panel to the left of your principal display screen.
The settings web page of the launcher exhibits that there’s barely any customisation accessible at this stage. (Specific Photograph)
There’s even a Google search bar mounted above the app dock on the underside, however it may’t be disabled or moved in the event you don’t use it.
Must you attempt it out?
You may give the Nothing Launcher a attempt, however up to now it isn’t what we might name as extraordinary. You’ll most certainly be bored past the primary half-hour or so with this launcher. If you’re an influence consumer like me who comes from a feature-packed launcher like Nova launcher or the inventory Realme UI launcher on this case, the shortage of options will rapidly change into a ache and you will discover your self switching again. That stated, we will count on extra additions to the launcher within the weeks (or months) forward of the primary Nothing smartphone launch.