I’ve always been part of the Android team, but every now and then Apple rolls out a feature that makes me a little jealous. Luckily, with the introduction of the divisive island dynamic, I didn’t have to wait very long for someone to insert this sweet pill-shaped void into the Android OS. The DynamicSpot app, developed by user Jawomo, is currently available for early access download on the Google Play Store.
You can currently check out the app for free, and it lets you adjust the position and size of the island based on where the notch is on your particular Android device. However, adding some of the more advanced features, like displaying the island on your lock screen or tapping icons to open apps, requires an additional $4.99 purchase.
Just be aware that, like any app in early access, not everything will always work as expected. And since it’s not a native feature of the Android OS, a small amount of tweaking is required to get things working seamlessly.
Right now, the DynamicSpot app looks mostly like an aesthetic addition, lacking much of the advanced functionality and polish of Apple’s version of the island. However, the paid version of DynamicSpot includes options to change how taps and presses interact with your notifications, a feature missing from Apple’s Island that was mentioned in our September 16 episode of MovieBeatcast. DynamicSpot definitely looks like a work in progress, but still impressive for a standalone app and is a neat way to change the way your notifications are delivered on your Android device.