If there’s one brand that can turn design limitations into the next trending feature, it’s Apple. The iPhone 14 Pro launched with an extended pill cutout on the screen to house the front camera and the sensors needed to use Face ID.
Although the new design takes up almost the same space as the notch in the regular iPhone 14 models, Apple has added a touch of software wizardry that allows the “Dynamic Island” to be a housing for interactive notifications. Unsurprisingly, it took Android less than a week to have its own share of Dynamic Island clones, and we’re looking at one of the better ones today.
Download the Dynamic Island on Android with dynamicSpot
It’s safe to say that iPhones are usually a few years behind Android, but every once in a while an iPhone is launched with a glittering new bold feature. Just a few days after the unveiling of the iPhone 14 Pro and its Dynamic Island, a few MIUI themes started to emulate it. However, thanks to Jawomo, a developer known for their utilitarian apps, we now have a fully functioning clone of Dynamic Island of the iPhone on Android.
The app can be downloaded on any Android device to make more use of the punching selfie camera. DynamicSpot requires a few permissions to start working, but the instructions in the app have made the process quite effortless.
to download: dynamicSpot (free, in-app purchases available)
- Download and launch the dynamicSpot app on your phone.
- Follow the on-screen instructions and grant all the permissions the app needs.
- below Select apps, you can choose to have any app installed on your phone send notifications through the dynamicSpot. Doing so bypasses the regular app notification system and instead displays it as an interactive notification around your phone’s notch.
- As regards Access to notifications and the Draw-on-screen permission, just tap the switches when prompted.
- Tap on Done and you’re all set!
You’ll instantly see notifications pouring into the dynamic island, which is now your new home for viewing and using notifications.
Certain special events such as navigation distance, timers and even music currently playing are supported and work quite well. You can long press the balloon to expand the notification and interact with it, or you can swipe it away. Once you tap on the dynamic island, you will be taken to the respective app.
In classic Android fashion, the app took the idea of the Dynamic Island on the iPhone and adds even more features to it. While most interaction settings are locked behind an in-app purchase, there’s still room to wiggle and finish with a handy shortcut in your status bar.
Other features of the app include the ability to allow two pop-ups at once, similar to what the iPhone 14 Pro can do. The default size and positioning should work about right for most Android phones with a punch cutout in the center.
If your phone has one of those corner-punch cameras, you can still play around with the dynamic island’s position, but most content can get cut off if you push it too far to the edges. You can always use the default positioning and choose to have two cutouts on your screen – we’re kidding, don’t bring ideas to Apple!
Add both attractiveness and functionality using the dynamic island
The dynamicSpot app works best for Android devices with a center-aligned camera in a punch cutout or waterdrop notch. Once set up accordingly, the app can prove to be quite useful and not just a gimmick.
Everything Apple does follows the industry — and it’s safe to say Dynamic Island could be the next glittering feature for other phones. Certain Android manufacturers have already started borrowing Dynamic Island from the iPhone 14 Pro.