First look at dynamicSpot: Bringing Apple's Dynamic Island to your Android phone

Apple has shown to be an expert in design, and the company's yearly releases of high-end iPhone models have cemented its position as the industry's trendsetter.

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Consider what happened when the business removed the headphone jack: practically every significant Android vendor rushed to do the same.

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Sometimes, though, the roles are reversed, and Android phones end up being the ones to set the standard for iPhone features.

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For its front-facing cameras, manufacturers like Samsung have abandoned the notch in favour of circular hole-punch cutouts.

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With the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max only adopting a pill-shaped cutout known as the Dynamic Island this month, Apple may be fashionably late to the trend, but boy, does it still manage to make a big impression

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We're looking out dynamicSpot, an app that attempts to replicate the Dynamic Island experience on Android, to see how effectively Android developers have been able to replicate the software side of Apple's approach.

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The rectangular pill-shaped notch in the display that houses the selfie camera and Face ID technology on the iPhone 14 Pro feels like it could be called Dynamic Island because it floats there like an island in a sea of pixels.

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The pill-shaped cutout appears to physically enlarge when you press a notification because of the animated response and size change (helping accommodate indicators for notification icons, ongoing background tasks, and incoming alerts).

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