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  • Kyle Chua

Android Smartphone Cloning Apple's Dynamic Island Could Be Launching Soon

Apple's Dynamic Island display, which debuted with last year's iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, isn't even a year old yet, and it's already being copied.

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An executive for Realme, in a since-deleted tweet, shared a glimpse of a smartphone sporting a cutout that looks almost identical to the one found on Apple's latest flagships. The photo shows how, similar to the iPhone's Dynamic Island, the cutout, which the Oppo sub-brand calls "Mini Capsule," can show user interface elements like charging status, for example, while blending seamlessly with the front-facing camera array.

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Reputable leaker OnLeaks also shared an animation that shows the cutout in action, expanding to show the device's charging status and later collapsing to revert it back to a hole-punch.


The device in question, meanwhile, is said to be an upcoming Realme C-series release.

According to The Verge, Realme expressed interest in developing a Dynamic Island-like cutout in September last year, the same month the iPhone 14 was unveiled, and the feature has been in the works since then. The Shenzhen-based brand posted that month in a forum, saying it wants to use the space in the cutout to display incoming calls and notifications, among other information, which, again, is very similar to Apple's implementation.


While there's no release date yet for the device in the photo, an executive having a working prototype in hand does suggest that it's not too far off from launch.


The leak comes amid growing support for Apple's Dynamic Island among third-party developers. Uber, for instance, has released an update that uses the space to show information, such as how many minutes away your ride is, saving you from having to pull up the app. Google Maps also plans to add Live Activities support in the coming months, which hints at the space being able to display navigational directions.

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Such features appear to be what Apple envisioned for Dynamic Island from the very start, it's just that it took a fair bit of time for developers to adjust to the design change and implement features that took advantage of it.

 
  • An executive for Realme in a since-deleted tweet shared a glimpse of a smartphone sporting a cutout that looks almost identical to the one found on Apple's latest flagships.

  • The photo shows how, similar to the iPhone's Dynamic Island, the cutout, which the Oppo sub-brand calls "Mini Capsule," can show user interface elements like charging status, for example, while blending seamlessly with the front-facing camera array.

  • While there's no release date yet for the device in the photo, an executive having a working prototype in hand does suggest that it's not too far off from launch.

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