CEO Carl Pei teases Nothing OS 3.0 lock screen customisation, dot animation features

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Nothing OS 3.0 was teased by the company’s CEO Carl Pei on Saturday. The company, known for its social media marketing strategies, created a stir when the CEO “leaked” new features and announcement timeline for the third major update to its smartphone operating system. Nothing OS 3.0 will feature a customisable lock screen that will integrate widgets. It also has a dot animation feature, which was hinted at in a separate post. Nothing OS 3.0 will be announced in September, though no specific date was given.

New features of Nothing OS 3.0 revealed

In a post on X (formerly known as Twitter), Pei posted a few pictures showcasing the new lock screen customisation feature. Posting the pictures, the Nothing co-founder said, “Apologies in advance to the team for this leak… but I’m so excited!” This post comes after several such quirky social media posts made by Pei to build excitement for products and features. Notably, ahead of the Nothing Phone 2a launch, he changed his X name to ‘Carl Bhai’.

Nothing OS 3.0 lock screen customization feature
Photo credit: x/Carl Pei (@getpeid)

In the post, an image showed three different lock screen views, each with unique customization. The first view showed the default lock screen with the clock, day and date, and quick access buttons at the bottom. However, the second view, which will be available with Nothing OS 3.0, showed a “clock + widget” option.

This customization appears with three widgets – weather, a shortcut to quick actions, and date. In this screen, the clock appears in Nothing’s dot matrix font. The second customization option is called “Expanded widget area”, and will presumably offer more information on the lock screen. In the shared image, a large analog clock and day and date tile occupied the space given to the clock in the previous two lock screens. This option also includes widgets for quick actions, weather, and contacts.

In a separate post, Pei also hinted at a dot animation feature. The feature, which appears to be for images, has three layers – the input image, the live interaction layer, and the final output. The CEO did not share the use case or working of the feature. Lastly, he also hinted at the announcement date of Nothing OS 3.0 in the post, where he said, “Will hold off for now to leave some magic for the announcement in September.”

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