Nothing lately has teased an “Industry First” initiative. Now the company has revealed its plan for a ‘Community Edition Project’ where it invites people from all over the world to submit their ideas for a new variant of the recently unveiled Nothing Phone 2a. It is said to be a joint creation of the “community” and the nothing team. Nothing founder and CEO Carl Pei confirmed that this could be the first step towards “community” involvement in co-developing new products or even the operating system in the future. The Phone 2a was released on March 5, with users recently starting to receive the Nothing OS 2.5.4 update.

Nothing CEO Carl Pei announced the Nothing Phone 2a Community Edition project, where the UK-based OEM takes design, wallpaper and packaging ideas from the community – users of Nothing products or otherwise. The invitation is open to all. All interested parties are encouraged to submit ideas for a new variant of the Phone 2a.

The company further details that the community edition project will last six months and involve four stages. Hardware design submissions will take place in March, followed by wallpaper design in May, packaging design in June, and marketing campaign ideas due in July.

Nothing acknowledges that ideas can be presented through any medium of the entrant’s choice – “images, video and/or other supporting media that best demonstrates” the idea and can be uploaded using the Community Edition Project Web page. Once the submission period for each stage has ended, voting for selected ideas will begin and will be open to all. All valid entries will then be judged by an “internal nothing panel to select the winner at each stage”.

Nothing Phone 2a starts in India at Rs. 23,999 for the 8GB + 128GB variant, while the 8GB + 256GB and 12GB + 256GB configurations are listed at Rs. 25,999 and Rs. 27,999, respectively. The phone comes in black and white color options and is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Pro SoC along with a 5000mAh battery with 45W wired support for fast charging. It features a 6.7-inch 120Hz full-HD+ AMOLED display, dual 50-megapixel rear cameras and a 32-megapixel selfie camera.

Will the Nothing Phone 2 serve as the successor to the Phone 1 or will the two co-exist? We discuss the company’s recently launched phone and more in the latest episode of Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available at Spotify, Ghana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.
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