While awaiting its launch, the Nothing phone (1) continues to be the subject of leaks. Its Nothing OS software would do well with benchmark applications.

Nothing phone (1)
The front of the Nothing phone (1) // Source: MKBHD

We now know almost everything about the Nothing phone (1), but we still had to find out more about its NothingOS software. The journalist Dylan Rousselknown for his contributions to 9To5Google, where he analyzes the content of applications, was able to get his hands on valuable information about the first Nothing smartphone.

Aside from the multiple references to OnePlus, which is to be expected given the proximity between the two brands, it’s the behavior against the benchmarks that might shock.

The operating system is called “Nothing OS (1)”…which I think was pretty much expected.

And the version is set in the build prop: ro/.nothing.version.id (ignore the /)

— Dylan Roussel 🇺🇦 (@evowizz) July 11, 2022

A benchmark manager to improve results

In 2021, OnePlus had already been caught red-handed for benchmark manipulation. But unlike OnePlus, whose manipulations worked far beyond benchmarks, Nothing’s software seems specifically geared towards these applications dedicated to performance testing. Dylan Roussel actually got his hands on a list of applications for a “benchmark manager” in which we can find the biggest hits in the industry: Antutu, Geekbench, Gfxbench, PCMark and all the others.

Benchmark Manager Nothing
The list of benchmarks // Source: Dylan Roussel

In other strings, we can read in black and white as a comment that Nothing provided certain parameters for the Antutu benchmark. The brand would change the frequency of the CPU and GPU cores and even have a “PowerModeBench Boost» which in the end says a lot about the modifications.

That’s not all, other files are whitelisted or blacklisted for specific applications and specific uses. For example, includes a whitelist for 5G Speedtest applications, perhaps to allow the modem to increase its performance when such an application is launched.

Nothing isn’t the first brand to be accused of tampering. For several years, manufacturers have been trapped, to the point of being banned by certain applications. We think of Huawei and Honor, Oppo or OnePlus.

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