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Chatbot On: Nothing Phone (2a) and Phone (1) Get a Taste of AI

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Over a week after Nothing shipped the Nothing OS 2.5.5 update to the Nothing Phone (2), the remaining two handsets of the company are now following suit. The skinned update, which is based on Android 14 OS adds several features with the ChatGPT app, and is now confirmed to be seeding to the Phone (1) and Phone (2a).

Particularly, the firmware was first announced for the original Phone on May 1, while almost a day after, Nothing posted the availability of the same update for the mid-range Phone (2a) we've reviewed.

Launch ChatGPT with your voice on Nothing Phone (1) and (2a)

The biggest addition to this software is the ChatGPT integration. Nothing says users can summon the AI chatbot using voice command to the Ear or Ear (a) earbuds (review). The support is said to arrive with older Nothing wireless earbuds, including the Ear (2) and Ear (stick).

Nothing adds voice activation of ChatGPT for Nothing Phone 1 and 2a
ChatGPT can now be activated on Phone (2a) and Phone (1) through the Nothing Ears after the Nothing OS 2.5.5 update. / © Nothing

At the same time, pinning a ChatGPT widget on the home screen is now supported as well as a direct app shortcut button when copying text and content from the clipboard and screenshot, respectively.

Nothing Phone (2a)


  • The finest mid-range Android smartphone
  • Nothing OS 2.5 is very user-friendly
  • 3 Android updates + 4 years of security updates
  • Record battery life and a large battery
  • Very stable performance


  • Photo quality is not outstanding, especially at night
  • Sluggish 45W wired charging speed
  • No microSD slot
  • Very attractive design albeit using plenty of plastic
Nothing Phone (2a)
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Nothing Phone (2a)

Camera and system improvements

There are usual improvements with Nothing OS 2.5.5, too. This includes optimized camera processing for more consistent color for photos take from the main sensor and better brightness control in HDR shots from these two camera phones.

Additionally, you can find system upgrades like “smarter” auto-brightness control using AI and more stable voice call connections. Nothing also notes users can expect snappier unlocking feedback and fixes with how vibrations work in power-saving mode in these devices.

Nothing says it is releasing the firmware in staggered manner with other Nothing Phone (1) and Phone (2a) variants getting the update in the coming days.

What are your thoughts with Nothing's efforts in providing software support to its devices? Have you received the update in your Phone (1) or Phone (2a)? Hit us up in the comment section.

Source: Nothing on X

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Jade Bryan

Jade Bryan
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I still remember how amazed I was when I first got hold of the Nokia 3210 back when I was a kid, and it was during that time I developed my love for technology, particularly for mobile phones. I started sharing my knowledge through writing in different blogs and forums back in Nokia Nseries era. I even make videos before where I put different phones side-by-side. Today, I'm still an avid enthusiast of smartphones, but my interests have evolved into smart devices and electric vehicles.

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