Carl Pei’s new technology venture Nothing is all set to introduce its first smartphone. After introducing its Ear (1) TWS earbuds last year, Nothing showed its intentions to enter the smartphone market earlier this year. The company has been hyping up its product for the past few weeks and months, and the day of its launch is almost here. If you’re interested in the Nothing Phone 1, you would want to tune into its live launch event to know more about the smartphone. Here’s when and how you can watch the Nothing Phone 1 launch event live.
Nothing Phone 1 launch event: Date and Time
Nothing’s “Return to Instinct” event, where it will reveal the Phone (1), is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. The event is being hosted virtually and will be live-streamed on YouTube (you can find the live stream link down below). Here are the kick-off timings for some regions:
- USA (West Coast): 08:00 AM PT
- USA (East Coast): 11:00 AM ET
- UK: 4:00 PM GMT
- Berlin: 5:00 PM CEST
- India: 8:30 PM IST
- Japan: 12:00 AM JST (July 13, 2022)
- Sydney: 02:00 AM AEDT (July 13, 2022)
In case you having trouble converting the start time of the event to your local time zone, then head over to TimeandDate to find out when the Nothing Phone (1) launch event will start in your region.
Nothing Phone 1 launch event: Livestream
Nothing has opted to stream the Phone (1) launch event on YouTube. YouTube, in general, is one of the most efficient ways as its live stream can be viewed on every platform where the service is available — smartphones, tablets, consoles, smart TVs, and more. You can catch the live stream embedded above or via Nothing’s YouTube channel.
Nothing Return to Instinct Event: What to expect?
While we already know a lot about the Phone 1, Nothing says that it has a lot of exciting details to share at the event. At the “Return to Instinct” event today, we expect the company to release full details about the smartphone’s specs, camera, price, and software. Carl Pei first showcased Nothing OS at the Phone 1’s announcement event, but we haven’t heard a lot about it since then. We expect the company’s executives to talk about Nothing OS at length during the event.
The company is also expected to share the Phone (1)’s availability details at the event. Nothing has already revealed that the Phone 1 won’t be available in the US. And the regions it will be available in, it will only be purchasable via invitations. Those who are looking to buy the Nothing Phone (1) should know that you will need a pre-order pass to purchase the Phone (1). You can check out the company’s official website to know more about the pre-order pass and the process to purchase the Phone (1).
Lastly, Nothing could also do a surprise reveal at the “Return to Instinct” event. Some leakers believe that the company could debut “Nothing Ear (1) Stick” at the event. The new TWS earphones from Nothing would keep a similar form factor as the currently available Nothing Ear (1), but come without silicone ear tips like the standard AirPods. Due to the lack of silicone ear tips, Active Noise Cancellation could be missing on the Nothing Ear (1) Stick variant. The earphones could be priced around EUR 99 and come in a new, compact casing.
In case you’re unable to watch the Nothing Phone 1 launch event live, make sure to check out the Pocketnow website later in the day where we’ll be covering the Phone (1) in detail. Make sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, to stay updated with everything Nothing announces at the event.
First Galaxy Z Flip 4 Color Sells Out
The entire suite of new Galaxy products has been up for pre-order since Wednesday and we keep checking to see if any of it is selling out. So far, not much has outside of a single online exclusive color of the Galaxy Z Flip 4, while the Fold 4 and both Galaxy Watch 5 watches can still be had with August 26 launch day delivery.
The first color of the Galaxy Z Flip 4 to sellout is the “Navy” colorway. The pre-configured version with navy is listed now as “out of stock,” plus if you try and use the Bespoke tool to capture a Flip 4 entirely in navy, it’ll show there as soldout too. Interestingly, if you Bespoke tool a Flip 4 and only put navy as a single panel, you’ll get a 3-4 weeks estimate.
The only other item with even a slight delay is the goofy burgundy Fold 4, but it appears to be sticking to the advertised 3-4 week delivery. I wouldn’t actually consider it much of a delay.
Whatever the situation is here, I’ve got to admit that I’m surprised that more of the new Samsung devices aren’t soldout or with extended shipping times. As of right now, all four of the main Flip 4 colors will arrive on time (see here), as will the three main Fold 4 colors (see here) and the Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro in all configurations (see here).
Compare this launch to the Galaxy S22 from earlier in 2022 and they couldn’t have hit differently. Samsung’s dates for the exclusive online colors of the S22 Ultra started slipping almost immediately, which we know first hand because of Tim’s struggles to land one. Within a week, the dates further moved with estimates a full month out or even later.
We’ll keep an eye on shipping times over the next week or so to see how this launch changes. Will the situation start to match the Galaxy S22 launch or are the minor improvements in this year’s foldable line-up not enough to get people to bite? In my first couple of days with the Flip 4, I can tell you that the phone is very much like the Flip 3, but that doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying the hell out of it.
Telegram’s Big Update is for the Emoji Lovers
A new update is rolling out to Telegram today and it is all about emoji. If you love emoji, custom emoji, animated emoji, or any other type of emoji, you are in for a special treat.
Telegram announced its new Emoji Platform “where anyone can upload custom packs with unique art styles and characters for Telegram Premium users.” Folks can use these uploaded custom emoji packs in messages or captions, plus premium users are getting access to another 10 emoji packs.
To make it more obvious that all of these new custom and animated emoji are available, you’ll see the sticker shortcut in the message box turn into an emoji shortcut as you type. That shortcut leads to a new emoji panel, where you’ll see suggestions and be able to browse your various packs. To make things (potentially) easier, typing shortcuts like :smile or :lol will give you all of the available options too.
And finally, custom emoji can be interactive in 1-on-1 chats, so “any user can tap to play synchronized, full-screen effects” from all of the emoji you spam off to friends.
For iOS users, there are new sticker, GIF, and emoji panels “with separate tabs for stickers, GIFs and emoji – just like on the Android, desktop and web apps.”
In other Telegram Premium feature news, users will find a setting that allows them to control who is able to send them voice and video messages. The options now are Everyone, My Contacts, or Nobody.
There are additional controls that will let you choose specific people or groups, and of course, you can always convert audio messages in to text. The settings for all of this are in Settings > Privacy and Security > Voice Messages.
The last new feature for Premium users is an option to “share the experience with friends, family and coworkers by sending them a prepaid subscription for 3, 6 or 12 months – at a discount.” To do so, you can tap on the profile image of someone in a chat, then the 3-dot menu to “Gift Premium.”
These updates appear to be rolling out right away, as I’ve already seen the update on Android.
First Early Galaxy Watch 5 Pro Review Arrived
Of the two new Galaxy Watch 5 models announced, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is the one we’re most interested in. Not only is Samsung marketing it as an “outdoors” watch for the active type, they also gave it “Pro” name, as if it packs a number of extra features over the regular model. We don’t have one in for review (we did order one) yet, so we’re doing that thing we often do with Samsung launches – looking elsewhere for early impressions.
Thanks to Ray from DC Rainmaker, one of the best at reviewing sports watches, we have a first early Galaxy Watch 5 Pro review to analyze. He took the watch for a run to test GPS and heartrate accuracy, as well as battery life. The video he posted also compares some features of the Watch 5 Pro to the Watch 5, in case we didn’t do a good enough job of that earlier in the week.
The takeaways from this early and not-at-all-final review, show that the new Compass feature might have some initial issues, GPS accuracy is not bad and performs far better than the Apple Watch Series 7, heartrate accuracy was quite good after a slowish start, and that GPS battery life is probably closer to half of what Samsung is advertising. Daily battery without GPS is likely closer to 2.5 days vs. the 3.5 days advertised. Again, these are all early, first look numbers that could change over the coming weeks with more testing.
The video also dives into “Pro” features here and laughs a bit at what that even means because there aren’t really any pro features when you compare to other outdoor-focused sports watches. And I would tend to agree with that. In fact, Tim and I were joking earlier in the week about Samsung’s forced “outdoors” push for this watch, when almost nothing about the watch makes it better for outdoors than other Samsung watches except for GPX support and backtracking when navigating. These are not “pro” features and the rest of the watch is just the same as the Watch 5. It’s just silly branding.
Anyways, we’ll have our Watch 5 Pro soon enough and will do out own testing. If you were trying to decide now to get in on this awesome pre-order promo ($50 credit, free Charger Duo, and $240 off trade-in) , give the video below a watch.
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