After year of notches that squeeze life out of the iPhone’s status bar, Apple has finally updated its design with the latest iPhone 14 series. More specifically, the iPhone 14 Pro and its new Dynamic Island, a bar on top of the screen featuring Apple’s TrueDepth camera and FaceID technology.
It’s a pretty exciting feature that some Android OEMs are already considering using. Some Android fans are even hoping to see a similar feature applied to their phones. However, we do want to know what you think of Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro.
Dynamic Island is named for the way apps can interact with the bar, seemingly extending from the bar to show various bits of organized information when you’re not interacting with the apps directly. For example, you can see the status of certain accessories connected to the phone, view apps that are currently playing audio and expand the island for playback controls, or even get directions from Maps.
Our Nick Sutrich writes that he wishes this was something Android OEMs did, calling it smart, saying that “the fact that Apple has taken another huge cutout in its display and turned it into a nice, useful feature, pure brilliance that I would have expected from Google.”
Well, his wish may come true, as a theme developer for Xiaomi’s MIUI has already started an implementation.
Other developers have already started bringing their own versions of Dynamic Island to Android. Most notably, developer Jawomo has created a version that works with the hold-punch camera cutout that many Android phones have. However, it is more of an extension of Android notifications and does not have the same level of integration as Apple’s. Plus, there are some other limitations, like some features hidden behind a paywall.
So for once, it seems like Apple has a feature that Android might want to copy, even if it’s just an evolution of features Android already had with phones like the LG V10. What do you think? Should Android do more with the camera cutout on most Android phones?
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