On the Play Store, you can download the dynamicSpot app which previews what the Dynamic Island feature of the iPhone 14 Pro might look like on Android.
One of the big new features of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max is called “Dynamic Island”. Apple’s two most expensive and sophisticated models swap the notch for a pill-shaped punch at the top of their screen. However, the apple did not stop there and imagined uses around the said pill so that users do not think about it too much.
Thus, with Dynamic Island, iOS uses the area around the punch to display notifications and contextual information related to the applications you have installed. It’s clever and ingenious on the part of Apple which transforms in this way a constraint (to make a big hole in the screen) into a strength (to offer new functions). On Android, there will no doubt be attempts to emulate this “dynamic island”.
However, offering Dynamic Island on Android will not be easy for manufacturers. Because, to achieve the same fluidity and level of integration as on iOS, this function would have to be directly implemented in the Android OS to facilitate the work of application developers. In other words, it would be up to Google to launch the initiative instead of letting each manufacturer design a solution in their corner.
dynamicSpot: a preview of Dynamic Island on Android
In the meantime, you can already see what Dynamic Island might look like on Android by downloading dynamicSpot from the Play Store. This application allows you to display a black area around the punch of your smartphone in order to display incoming notifications or certain practical information (battery charging, timer, etc.). We stay far from what the iPhone 14 Pro do, but it gives a good overview on Android.
Please note that for dynamicSpot to work, it must in particular be authorized to access accessibility services. Jawomo, the developer of the app, however, specifies that its software is not connected to the Internet and that none of your information is collected or shared.
dynamicSpot is also available in early access and does not seem to exploit its full potential yet. For example, it’s supposed to be able to offer control over how your songs play, but it didn’t work with YouTube Music from my Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. Finally, note that there is a paid Pro version to unlock more features.
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