Last year, Apple introduced the Dynamic Island at the top of the screen in the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max: a pill-shaped screen island as a successor to the screen notch, the notch.
The Dynamic Island is a thin, black oval that actually consists of two pieces: a round hole for the selfie camera and an oval hole for Face ID and other sensors. The OLED screen between and around it turns the notch into a dynamic element on the screen. Apple uses the bar as a place to display notifications and system notifications, among other things.
Realme is now the first Android manufacturer to release a similar concept in a new smartphone. The new Realme C55 is an affordable smartphone launched this week in Indonesia.
Realme calls its virtual screen island the ‘Mini Capsule’. It takes over the space around the selfie camera as soon as notifications, the charging status and other information need to be displayed. The Mini Capsule is only part of the software. Realme plans to add more features to it later, such as showing a pedometer and mobile data usage.
The device is equipped with Android 13 and comes according to the European Realme CEO Francis Wong soon also on the market in Europe. The Realme C55 has a 6.7 inch 90 Hz LCD display and a MediaTek Helio G88 chip. The price is around 200 euros.
Users of Android phones can also use the DynamicSpot app to add a virtual pill-shaped notch to their device’s screen, resembling Apple’s Dynamic Island. This can include notifications and system messages.
Users who click on it open the app in question. If they hold down the DynamicSpot a little longer, the zone expands and they see more details, or buttons for playing or pausing music, for example.
All iPhone 15 versions that will appear this fall are rumored to have a screen with the Dynamic Island. The regular iPhone 14 and 14 Plus now still have the ‘old’ notch.
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