Nothing upgrades the iconic Glyph interface on its upcoming Phone 2 smartphone, which is expected to be officially announced on July 11. YouTuber Marques Brownlee has released a hands-on First Video With the new smartphone that offers a full look at the front of the phone’s built-in flash light on the back, and the changes that haven’t been made to it compared to the Phone. 1 of last year.
Although Glyph’s interface uses much the same style, it now includes more LED lighting areas, which should allow it to offer more granular control over the phone’s lighting effects. There are nearly three times as many regions this time around, with Phone 2 featuring 33 regions compared to 12 on Phone 1.
More zones mean the phone can show its volume, or its timer progress, in the curved strip of light on the top right side of the phone’s back. There are also plans to allow third-party apps to use this lightbar as a progress bar, with Uber and Indian restaurant app Zomato listed to support it. The strips themselves are also divided into several sections, although they use almost the same design as last time.
Another new feature is the ability to designate a “main app” and have its notifications illuminate the top right light bar on the back of the phone. So if you want your phone 2 to turn on for WhatsApp notifications, but not Gmail or Instagram, that should now be possible.
Phone 2 retains the same basic design language as Phone 1, with a few changes. The non-white variant is now more gray than black, and Brownlee notes that its back is more rounded this time around. If you’re interested in the white version, there’s nothing to show for it in a new promotional photo posted to Twitter on its website, which we’ve included below.
Brownlee’s video adds to the slew of details that nothing has already been announced about his Phone 2 in recent weeks, including that it will come with a clear USB-C cable, offer support for 3 years of Android updates and 4 years of security updates, and will be powered by Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1. Importantly, it will also be available in the US unlike its predecessor. You can read a full list of Nothing About Phone ads on our Phone 2 feed.
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