Tuesday, September 27

iPhone 14’s Dynamic Island feature has already been copied by Android

Apple unveiled its latest line of devices at its big “Far Out” event last week with the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max is getting a brand new upgrade called Dynamic Island. This smart interactive notch is able to change shape and size, allowing users to answer calls, see timers, and even see music playing without launching any apps.

The Dynamic Island is an exciting mix of hardware and software, which iPhone fans will be able to try out for the first time when the iPhone 14 lineup hits shelves on Friday, September 16.

It’s an exciting release, but before the iPhone 14 hit stores, an Android developer has already managed to copy it… well, sort of.

Before the first retail iPhone 14 fell into the hands of fans, a Dynamic Island-style feature has already appeared on a Chinese-made Xiaomi phone.

As pointed out on Twitter by TechDroider founder Vaibhav Jain, a newly created theme for Xiaomi phones – called Grumpy UI – is capable of offering Dynamic Island-style pop-up notifications.

Only a short video was revealed of this Android knockoff in action, but it showed the Dynamic Island copycat displaying information such as messages and details about the music being played.

The theme’s developers said it is still under review by Xiaomi, but if approved, it will be available on the MIUI Themes store.

Unfortunately for anyone in the UK who likes the way it looks, this Android update is only available in one language – Chinese.

Over the years, many of the innovations pioneered by Apple have shifted from iPhones to Android devices, including the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack to focus on wireless headphones, as well as the popularization of the notch.

But it remains to be seen if Android phones broadly emulate Dynamic Island in the future.

Dynamic Island helps hide how intrusive the pill-shaped notches can be and uses that as the basis for some cool software features. But since Android devices these days mostly have pinhole selfie cameras – which aren’t quite as intrusive – that might seem like a feature that Android flagships won’t really benefit from.