There is an ongoing battle that will only end when Apple buys Google and puts Android to rest. Until then we can have a little fun at the expense of copy cats on both sides of the fence. What is the most visible new feature on iPhone X?
The much derided Notch; that black expanse at the top of iPhone X’s screen which houses the TrueDepth camera and sensor array which makes Face ID work so well. For whatever the reason, Apple decided to make the Notch a thing, complete with little screen ear artifacts to the right and left.
Yes, Notch caused quite a stir among official Apple watchers and critics, and, yes, Notch pretty much disappeared as an issue after a day or so of use. I’m sure Apple had that all figured out ahead of time. Because features from one platform– macOS vs Windows, iOS vs Android– get copied from one side to the other with seeming abandon, it isn’t often one catches my eye for doing the reverse.
Usually, really good ideas get copied from one side of the technological platform fence to another. In this case, an Android app developer thought iPhone X’s Notch was a good idea and developed XOutOf10, an app which puts a Notch at the top of Android smartphones.
I know. Slow news day, huh?
Obviously, this particular Notch app doesn’t have any specific functionality other than to distract your eyes to the Notch itself.
From the developer:
You, the average Android user, probably had a laugh on Apple users about the new camera notch that covers the screen’s content. It is funny, I agree. Your Apple fanboys probably said it’s not that noticeable, and that you haven’t tried it yourself. Well, you won’t pay 999$ just to test it. And now, you don’t need to! Introducing XOutOf10 by Idoideas, a simulation of iPhone X’s notch for any Android device, so you could feel how it’s like.
This tit-for-tat copying and criticism of one platform over another seems rather childish, but quite a few Android smartphone users thought enough of the Notch to try out XOutOf10 with up to 500,000 installs, almost 1,700 four and five star reviews, but nearly 500 one star reviews, so even the Android side has people with discriminating taste.
Samsung’s new Galaxy class smartphones, those with a micro-bezel display, also have something akin to iPhone X’s Notch. It’s a bar. Well, actually, two bars– one at the top of the screen and one at the bottom of the screen. If you notice the Samsung Galaxy S8 you’ll see ever so slightly rounded corners on the display, but a very distinct, ugly, and distracting bar at the top and bottom, though the bezel on left and right is smaller and thinner than iPhone X.
Does any of this matter much?
But it was fun.