If you keep up with the latest tech news, you’ll know that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max have ditched the classic notch in favor of something Apple calls the dynamic island.
You might have noticed that a lot of people on social media were really excited about this new feature, and if you’re an Android user, you might feel a bit left out. But Android being Android, it already has a third party app that can implement this change for you. it’s called Dynamic SpotIt mimics a lot of the functionality that Apple added to the latest iOS update.
What is a dynamic island
The pill-shaped gap in the latest iPhone Pro screens contains basic utilities such as the selfie camera, proximity sensor, speaker, microphone, and more. But thanks to the latest iOS update, the island turns out to be so much more, its shape changes and a few handy icons appear on either side of the camera depending on what you’re doing with your phone.
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The dynamic island also expands to a larger size in some scenarios. This is the case for incoming calls, when you get options to answer or reject the call, or when to play audio and get playback controls. It’s a versatile interface innovation that no doubt app developers will benefit more from over time.
Google engineers may eventually add something similar to Android in the future, which could take advantage of the perforated cut-outs on Pixel 7 and 7 Pro screens. But in the meantime, DynamicSpot is a smooth and flexible option for impatient Android users.
Using DynamicSpot for Android
DynamicSpot for Android Free to install, but some features require you to unlock the pro version for a one-time $5 payment. These tools include placing music playback controls in Dynamic Island and making them appear on the lock screen as well.
Once you have DynamicSpot installed, you will need to give it some permissions. The app will ask for access to your notifications to display on Dynamic Island, for example, as well as permission to draw overlays on the Android interface so the app can create different sized black shapes.
After doing that, you can start playing with the settings offered by DynamicSpot. The top option in the main menu is Notices. This menu allows you to set whether public notifications appear in Dynamic Island and if so, which of the apps on your phone can trigger alerts like these.
The behavior The menu is where you can choose to display the island at all times (even when there are no notifications or apps to display), allow Dynamic Island to be split in two, and set a timeout delay. Pro users can put the island on the lock screen from here and change how short taps and long taps are used to interact with it.
Choose appearance From the main menu you’ll be able to change which icons the island uses, and set whether or not it shows album covers, for example. More options are available to Pro subscribers, including an animated music visualizer and audio playback controls.
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Dimensions It is the last important entry in the main menu, just above the options to rate the app, get help, and upgrade to the pro version. Open it to set the size of the dynamic island and its exact location on the screen. This comes in handy if the app doesn’t quite fit with the cut-out camera on your screen. These options are available to users of the free version and the pro version.
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max have only been with us for a month at the time of writing, so it’s still early days for DynamicSpot. This means that you can still expect more features and functionality over time.
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