If there’s one brand that can turn design limitations into the next trend, it’s Apple. The iPhone 14 Pro launched with an extended pill cutout in its display to house the front-facing camera and sensors needed to run Face ID.
While the new design takes up almost the same space as the notch found on regular iPhone 14 models, Apple has added a touch of software magic that allows the “Dynamic Island” to be a home for interactive notifications. Unsurprisingly, it took less than a week for Android to have its fair share of Dynamic Island clones, and today we’re looking at one of the best.
Get Dynamic Island on Android using dynamicSpot
It’s safe to say iPhones are usually a few years behind AndroidBut every now and then, an iPhone is released with a flashy new feature. Just a few days after the presentation of the iPhone 14 Pro and its Dynamic Island, some MIUI themes began to imitate it. However, courtesy of Jawomo—a developer known for its utility applications, we now have a fully functional clone of iPhone’s Dynamic Island on Android.
The app can be downloaded on any Android device to make more use of your hole punch selfie camera. DynamicSpot requires some permissions to get up and running, but the instructions in the app have made the process pretty straightforward.
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- Download and launch the dynamicSpot app on your phone.
- Follow the on-screen instructions and grant all the permissions the app needs.
- Under Select apps, you can choose to have any app installed on your phone send notifications through DynamicSpot. Doing this will bypass the normal app notification system and instead display as an interactive notification around the notch on your phone.
- as for Access to notifications and the draw on screen permission, just tap the buttons when prompted.
- Tap on Done and everything is ready!
Right away, you’ll see notifications arrive on the dynamic island, which is now your new home for viewing and interacting with notifications.
Certain special events, such as sailing distance, timers, and even current music playback, are supported and work quite well. You can press and hold the bubble to expand the notification and interact with it, or slide it. Tapping once on the dynamic island will direct you to the respective app.
In classic Android fashion, the app took the idea of the Dynamic Island for iPhone and brings even more features to it. Although most interaction settings are locked behind an in-app purchase, there’s still room to wiggle around and end up with a handy shortcut in your status bar.
Other features of the app include the ability to allow two pop-up windows at once, mimicking what the iPhone 14 Pro can do. The default size and position should work fine for most Android phones that have a punch-hole cutout on the center.
In case your phone has one of those hole-punch cameras in the corners, you can still play around with the position of the dynamic island, but most of the content could be cropped 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 give Apple any ideas!
Add curb appeal and functionality using the dynamic island
The dynamicSpot app works best for Android devices that have a center-aligned camera located in a punch-hole cutout or waterdrop notch. Once configured accordingly, the app can prove to be quite useful and not just a gimmick.
Everything Apple does, the industry follows, and it’s safe to say that Dynamic Island could be the next shiny feature for other phones. Certain Android manufacturers have already started borrowing Dynamic Island from the iPhone 14 Pro.