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Everything announced at Nothing’s ‘The Truth’ event today

Nothing, a tech startup founded by one of the original founders of OnePlus, held an event on Wednesday, March 23 where it unveil its future road map for its products. So far, the company has launched a pair of wireless earbuds that impressed, and now it plans to add an Android phone to that repertoire.

How to rewatch the Nothing’s ‘The Truth’ event today


It’s 2022, so if you had guessed the event would be livestreamed, you can take a free cookie from your local cookie jar. It was streamed at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT on March 23, but it’s now available to rewatch.

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Everything announced at Nothing’s ‘The Truth’ event

The company had billed this as a platform where it plans to showcase what it wants to launch or the areas it wants to go — and that’s exactly what it did.

It announced its Nothing Phone 1, Nothing OS, and Nothing launcher — though the latter two can be viewed as more of a package deal with the former.

Nothing OS home screen early look.

The Nothing Phone is an Android phone from the company, packaged with a light and clean version of Android that packs three years of Android updates and four years of security updates just like Pixels do. While it’s planned to launch in the summer, Nothing will let Android phone owners download the Nothing OS launcher for a taste of the experience prior to the launch.

The interest in Nothing comes from its origins as a spiritual successor of two Android brands, one by way of CEO Carl Pei, the other by acquisition. It evokes the original never-settle ethos of OnePlus prior to its Oppofication, and the bright-eyed innovation of Andy Rubin’s Essential. Carl Pei today continued to push that image, even setting Nothing up — optimistically — as an Apple rival.  Of course, both OnePlus and Essential failed to significantly dent the market. Whether Nothing manages to write a different ending to that story will, of course, depend on how the rest of its year goes.

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The back of the Nothing Phone 1, showing its transparent back and LEDs.

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In a statement to PCMag, Nothing said the following:
While we’d love to bring phone (1) to the entire community around the world, we're focusing on home markets, including the UK and Europe, where we have strong partnerships with leading local carriers. It takes a lot to launch a smartphone as you know, from ensuring the handset is supported by the country’s cellular technologies to carrier partnerships and local regulation, and as we're still a young brand we need to be strategic about it.
We have big plans to launch a U.S. supported smartphone in the future. For now, a limited number of our private community investors in the U.S. will be able to get their hands on phone (1) through a closed beta program. In the meantime, if readers really want phone (1) to be available in the US as soon as possible, they should call their carrier to let them know about us.

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