Nothing Phone (1) won’t recieve Android 13 this year; Here’s when to expect the update


  • Nothing Phone (1) runs Android 12 out of the box
  • The Android 13 update will not arrive before Q1 2023
  • Nothing has promised 3 Android version updates and 4 years of security patches

The much-hyped Nothing Phone (1) launched back in July, running Android 12-based Nothing OS out of the box. Google has just started rolling out the Android 13 stable update to its Pixel smartphones. Select phones from Samsung, OnePlus, Realme, and Vivo are also expected to receive the update by the end of 2022.

Nothing has now officially confirmed that the Android 13 update for the Phone (1) will not arrive before Q1 2023. This means the earliest we can expect the update to arrive is in January 2023, with the upper limit being June 2023. This Android 13 update timeline is quite disappointing, considering Nothing OS is a near-stock Android version devoid of bloat, ads, or heavy customization. Carl Pei’s new company has promised 3 years of OS updates and 4 years of security updates with the Nothing Phone (1).

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Nothing said in a statement to Android Authority – “We are always working hard to improve the Phone 1 user experience. To ensure this, operating system updates will be made available for regular download. In regards to Android 13, this will be launching for Phone 1 users in the first half of 2023. Before releasing, we want to fine-tune the software upgrade with Nothing’s hardware. We will be sure to keep you updated with further information.”

Earlier, Carl Pei gave a cryptic response to a Twitter post asking him when the Nothing Phone (1) would receive the Android 13 update. He had said, “A product is more than just its specs, features, and version numbers.”

Nothing Phone (1) specifications

The Nothing Phone (1) is powered by the Snapdragon’s punchy 5G mid-range chipset, the Snapdragon 778G, and features a 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, up to 12GB RAM, up to 256GB internal storage, and a 4,500mAh battery with support for 33W wired charging. The smartphone has a 16MP selfie camera and two rear cameras – a 50MP primary camera with Sony’s IMX766 sensor and OIS, and a 50MP ultra-wide with Samsung’s JN1 image sensor.