How iPhone 14 Pro and Galaxy Z Fold Change the Phone Game

The biggest phone makers are trying to change the way we interact with our phones – but in very different ways. apple It transforms iPhone software and how it works with iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max phones. Samsungby contrast, the physical look of the smartphone is updated by Galaxy Z Fold and Galaxy Z Flip fold line.

Apple unveiled the iPhone 14 Pro line on its website ‘Out of reach’ event last week, and one of its notable new features is the redesigned slit area called dynamic island. It’s a bead-shaped cutout for the front camera and Face ID sensors that Apple repurposed as a mini secondary screen to display notifications and other content.

At first glance, there isn’t much, if any, in common between Apple’s Dynamic Island and Samsung’s foldable phones. But the goal of both is the same: to improve the way our phones display apps and surface information.

iPhone 14 Pro dynamic island explained

The dynamic island It is basically Apple’s answer to faster multitasking on the iPhone. While Android phone makers like Samsung support the ability to have multiple apps open simultaneously on a screen, Apple instead uses Dynamic Island to expand and contract to display contextual information. It can expand to show alerts and its appearance may change depending on the application.

For example, Dynamic Island can show the song you’re listening to even when you’re on the home screen. If you have a timer running at the same time, it will split the timer into its own bubble placed next to the music playing information, so you can view both without having to switch between apps. Likewise, you can see step-by-step directions on Dynamic Island without having to go from one app to another. The same goes for sports results.

Apple says that the goal of Dynamic Island is to show information clearly without distracting you from the app you’re using. “With this change, we’ve reconsidered how you interact with your iPhone,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, during the company’s keynote last Wednesday.

How Samsung Folds and Dynamic Island Are Similar

Samsung’s foldable phones and the iPhone 14 Pro’s Dynamic Island are different in nature. But both aim to change the way we interact with apps on our phones.

Samsung is promoting Z Flip 4 Flexible mode, for example, which divides compatible apps between the top and bottom of the screen when folded in the middle. When you open the camera in flexible mode, the top half of the screen acts as a viewfinder for the camera while the bottom half displays controls like the shutter button. You can also take photos and send ready responses in some messaging apps on the Z Flip 4 without unlocking the phone using its cover screen.

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 The Samsung Foldable Book is designed to provide more screen real estate in a device that still fits in your pocket. You can also open multiple apps on the Z Fold 4’s tablet-sized screen simultaneously.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 installed side by side

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4.

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The common thread between Dynamic Island in the iPhone 14 Pro, Galaxy Z Flip, and Galaxy Z Fold is that they’re all changing the way apps display on our phones screens — with the ultimate goal being to make apps more useful. The Dynamic Island and Samsung foldable are designed to make our phones more adaptable based on the situation. Apple installs new notch replacement information from certain apps at the top of the screen and switches depending on what you’re doing. Samsung foldable devices let you change the size and position of your phone — and the apps that run on it — to suit different scenarios.

It’s too soon to know if either approach will beneficially affect the way we use our phones in the long run. Apple just announced the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max last week and those phones It won’t be released until September 16th. Foldable devices have been widely available for nearly three years, but they still make up a small portion of total smartphone sales.

What is clear, however, is that both Apple and Samsung are trying to improve the way they absorb and manage the massive amount of information that flows through our phones every day. Now that phones have matured to the point where most updates feel incremental, it’s refreshing to see changes that really feel different.