Last month, Carl Pei, the founder of Nothing, confirmed that the Nothing Phone 1 will be receiving the Android 14 beta. Today, the company has finally announced the beta program for its Phone 1. Yes, you can try out the new features, thanks to the Android 14 developer program. Read along to know all details.
Nothing has officially shared the details in the latest blog post, the company said, “This Android 14 build is still in the early development stage and some features may be missing or not working”. I don’t recommend installing the developer preview build on your primary smartphone, however, if you are in a hurry and want to try Android 14, then you can install it on your phone.
Before moving ahead, see the list of known issues available on the Nothing Phone 1 Android 14 developer preview.
- Fingerprints can’t be registered
- Face unlock unavailable
- Glyph features unavailable
- Battery sharing unavailable
- No Portrait Mode or slow motion feature in the camera app
- No pre-installed Nothing weather and Nothing X apps
- Screen cast to TV connection unavailable
Talking about the features, then you can expect features including new smart scaling, better battery life, restrict access for photos and videos, satellite connectivity, app cloning, predictive back gestures, security enhancements, and much more. Nothing might push some additional features with the upcoming Nothing OS based Android upgrade.
If you want to upgrade your Nothing Phone 1 to Android 14, then you need to sideload the developer preview build on your smartphone. Nothing shares the download packages as well as installation instructions in the blog spot. Here are the links to the download packages.
Make sure to take a backup before installing the developer beta on your smartphone.
- Download Android 14 developer beta for Nothing Phone 1 – Link
- Download Android 13 Stable (Roll-back file) for Nothing Phone 1 – Link
Once you have the package downloaded on your smartphone, you can go to the Settings > About Phone > Software version and confirm that your phone is running on Nothing OS 1.5.4. If your phone is running on older software, make sure to update it.
If your phone is running on Nothing OS 1.5.4, then create a folder named “ota” in the internal storage, and copy the file inside the folder.
Now open the dialer on your Nothing Phone and type *#*#682#*#*, it will open the lock update tool, which allows you to sideload the downloaded Android 14 beta on your device.
Then tap Directly Apply OTA from the selection option, it will start installing the beta on your device. Once done restart your device.
You can follow the same steps for the roll-back process. If you want to know more about it, then you can check the Nothing’s latest blog post.