iPhone 14 Pro introduces a clever Dynamic Island implementation to hide the camera cutout. This is why Android phones will embrace it.
Apple does it differently. After inventing the display notch in 2017 with the iPhone X, Apple lasted four years before planning to ditch it — all while Android rivals were busy shrinking the display notch to a tiny camera — recess. In 2019, some brands have even switched to pop-up camera setups to remove any distractions within the display area. However, Apple stayed with the notch all along, and in 2022 it moved on to displaying notches, but in a somewhat unusual way.
While Android brands have been busy investing in the under-display technology, Apple is coming up with a way to hide the cutouts with Dynamic Island – an interesting software implementation that adds a lot of functionality to the cutout. Apple uses animations and icons to manage multitasking and basic tasks, while the cutouts are hidden. And that’s what’s the next big thing for Android manufacturers.
Dynamic Island is the next big thing for Android
However, Apple is the trendsetter in this area and Android brands will be looking to copy this over the next few years. Why? Remember the bold, flat design of the iPhone 12? Look how many Android phones are wearing the same look these days! The same goes for the display notch – it was the trend in 2018 and 2019 for affordable Android phones.
With Android phones, most models go for the small and single camera cutout. What remains to be seen is how this Dynamic Island thing is implemented for these single camera layouts. We might see the return of IR sensor-based facial recognition systems on high-end phones, or the same for phones with dual front-facing cameras. Android does not support this by default and it may take Android 14 to bring it natively.