I said the Galaxy S9 should’ve copied the iPhone X notch, and holy crap were Android fanboys triggered

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Galaxy S9 Vs iPhone X Display Notch

In an article published on Monday, I shared some renders made by a graphic designer that showed us what the new Galaxy S9 would look like if Samsung had copied Apple’s iPhone X display design. In my opinion, a notched display design like the iPhone X would make Samsung’s new flagship look even better than it already does.

The Galaxy S9 display could extend almost all the way to the bottom of the phone like it does on the iPhone X thanks to Apple’s nifty method of hiding the display controller, and the top corners would extend just as far. Then the ear speaker, front-facing camera, and sensors could reside in the centrally located notch at the top of the screen. This is a design that remains controversial — people either love it or hate it. Personally, I like the design a lot, and as I wrote, I think it would improve the look of Samsung’s Galaxy S9 by allowing Samsung to cover more of the phone’s front side with screen.

It was a rather simple little article that I thought was innocuous. But holy moly, Android fanboys were triggered.

Shortly after that article was published, I began receiving dozens of emails from whiny Android fanboys. OK wait, calm down. I’m not suggesting all Android fans are whiny, and I’m not suggesting that Apple fanboys are not whiny. In fact, Apple fanboys are often even more whiny. All I’m saying is that these particular Android fanboys were ugly-crying into my inbox. I stopped checking Twitter long ago, but I’m sure my mentions and DMs were just as colorful.

Now, I didn’t read all of the emails I received yesterday. I get somewhere between 300 and 500 emails on a normal day without fanboy rage, so I never have time to read all my emails. The ones I did read, however, can be split into two main groups.

The larger group shared the opinion that I am a fool because Apple’s notched iPhone X display design is ugly. Had Samsung used the same design on the Galaxy S9, they argued, it too would have been ugly. This is obviously a very valid opinion that is no more or less valid than my own. The notch is divisive, and it’ll continue to be controversial for the foreseeable future.

Some of the people who emailed me accused me of being a liar. Similar to far-right conservatives and far-left liberals, they’re so convinced that their opinion is the only one, they simply cannot comprehend any sane, intelligent person disagreeing. A few people even cited an earlier article I wrote, in which I basically called the iPhone X’s notch an abomination. It is absolutely true that I hated the look of Apple’s notched display design in photos before the phone was released. Sadly, these emailers must have missed all the articles like this one where I changed my mind and ate crow once I actually began using the iPhone X.

Wait, what? Opinions can change!?!

Of course, that’s neither here nor there. Android fanboys are entitled to their opinions just like everyone else, and if they hate the notch, then so be it. Of course, they had better get used to it since so many Android phone makers are copying the design. In fact, Apple’s iPhone X display design is being copied by so many Android phone makers that Google is actually building notch support into the next version of Android.

And that brings us to the second group of whiny emails I received. This group was far smaller than the first, but it was far angrier as well. According to this group, a Galaxy S9 with a notch wouldn’t be copying Apple at all. Instead, it’s actually Apple that’s the copycat.

Yes, we’ve all seen this song and dance plenty of times before.

These cute folks have managed to convinced themselves that all this hubbub over notched displays isn’t because of Apple and the iPhone X. Instead, all these companies out there embracing the concept of a notch are doing so because of another company. A true trailblazer and pioneer: Essential.

Hey, come on. Stop laughing. Let’s at least hear them out!

Long, long before Apple had the idea to release a smartphone with a notch cut out of the screen, Essential released the PH-1 with a notch at the top for the front-facing camera. Apple’s designers saw this, the story goes, and rushed to copy the design for the iPhone X. You see, Apple is a follower when it comes to design, not a leader. And all these other Android vendors out there that have released phones that look exactly like the iPhone X are actually copying Essential, not Apple. Get it?

Of course, we all know that this is absolutely ridiculous. Essential unveiled the PH-1 in mid-2017, long after Apple began developing the iPhone X. In fact, the iPhone X was so far along at that point that dummy models featuring the final iPhone X design —  notch and all — had already been leaking for months.

But the Essential PH-1 was released in August, and August comes before November, so Essential clearly did it first. The logic is unassailable.

Let’s take a quick look at the designs to refresh our memories.

Essential’s notch

Apple’s notch

Every other copycat Android vendor’s notches

They all look just like the Essential phone, right!?

Look, no one is arguing that Apple was the first smartphone maker on the planet to release a smartphone with a chunk sliced out of the screen. But “first” is often meaningless in this industry. Apple is a trend-setter, and the entire industry has been chasing Apple’s iPhone designs for a decade now.

Was Apple the first smartphone maker to release a phone with a big touchscreen and no physical keyboard? Nope, definitely not. But once Apple did it, every other big vendor copied the new design and companies like BlackBerry and Nokia that initially refused to were destroyed. Was the iPhone the first smartphone on the planet to feature a fingerprint sensor? Of course not, but Apple did it better than any company that came before it, and then the entire market rushed to follow Apple’s lead. Now, fingerprint authentication is on almost every smartphone out there. It’s not because Motorola put a fingerprint scanner on some crappy phone no one bought, it’s because Apple introduced Touch ID on the iPhone 5s.

In the end, of course, none of this really matters. Pick the phone that’s right for you and enjoy it. And as for smartphone designs, liking a display that is almost bezel-less aside from a notch at the top isn’t right or wrong, it’s a matter of preference. Personally, I think the Galaxy S9 would look better with almost no bezel at the bottom and a notch at the top. Many of the hundreds of thousands of people who read that article yesterday agree with me. Others do not. You know what — who cares either was? Time marches on.

You know what, though? People who refuse to embrace the notch are going to see their options severely limited for a while, until vendors find a good way to hide cameras, speakers, and sensors under display panels. Dozens of little Android companies have copied Apple’s notch, and now big companies like Huawei, Asus, and even LG are stealing the design. With Android P fully embracing notch support, haters are going to have a rough couple of years ahead of them.

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The iPhone X design people hated is now being copied by Android phone makers

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As is the case each and every year, the iPhone X’s design leaked long before the phone was officially announced by Apple. And when people saw the phone’s peculiar new design, they flipped out. Apple decided to dive head-first into the “all-screen” trend that swept the high-end smartphone market in 2017, but it approached the design a bit differently than other manufacturers. In order to keep the narrow bezel around the perimeter of the iPhone X as uniform as possible, Apple decided to create a “notch” at the top of the screen. This cutout would be home to the phone’s ear speaker and front-facing camera, as well as all the sensors needed to enable the Face ID biometric authentication that would replace Touch ID.

When people saw it in leaked images, they hated it — myself included. Leaked images showed a bizarre design that looked like it would completely ruin the iPhone’s user interface. Once the phone launched, however, the story completely changed for many people. I know it changed for me. The notch ended up looking pretty great, and it’s a terrific way to differentiate the iPhone X from other “all-screen” smartphones. At least, that used to be the case.

Despite all the whining that flooded the web ahead of the iPhone X’s release, Android smartphone makers apparently got right to work figuring out how to copy the phone’s unique design. Android phone makers copying Apple is nothing new, of course, but this time around there’s an added component that makes the situation even more hilarious than it usually is: The notch on these Android ripoffs serves no actual purpose.

On the iPhone X, Apple uses the notch to house eight different key components. Some of them are standard across all smartphones, like the speaker, proximity sensor, and front-facing camera. Then there are additional components like a dot projector and an infrared camera that are used for Apple’s sophisticated facial recognition solution.

Android phones from no-name Chinese brands like “Noa” and “Leagoo” don’t have these expensive components, and yet both companies are about to release new phones that blatantly and shamelessly steal Apple’s iPhone X design.

The video above shows an upcoming smartphone called the Noa N10. The notch at the top of the display houses a speaker, camera, and a couple of sensors that are found on most modern smartphones. What’s hilarious is the fact that Noa didn’t even do anything to the Android UI to accommodate the notch or the rounded corners — you can clearly see pieces of on-screen elements like the clock that are just chopped off. Ugh.

Then there’s another company called Leagoo that is even more shameless, ripping off the exact shape of the iPhone X’s notch. In fact, Leagoo even slapped a dual-lens camera on the back of its upcoming “Leagoo S9” that looks exactly like the iPhone X’s rear camera.

Thankfully, phones from these copycats will likely never be sold outside of China. But this is yet another reminder that despite the current wave of doom and gloom in the media, Apple is still the company every other vendor looks to for guidance. Regardless of whether or not it makes sense, and regardless of how the public responds early on to Apple’s design decisions, phone makers large and small still know that Apple is a trend setter, and they’ll continue to ape anything and everything they can from Apple’s iPhone lineup.

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Does Apple’s Animoji feature really need to be copied?

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Watching features, and designs, get copied is standard stuff in just about any industry. It’s no different for smartphones. Every company out there has been copied in some way or another, and has copied in their own right, too. In most cases we as consumers luck out, because some of these features and design cues that companies copy are good things.

That’s not always the case, but it should at least be the goal.

And then there are the instances where one company copies another just . . . because. Just because they think that one feature will really take off, or that one design will catch the consumer’s eye. We’ve already seen at least one company shamelessly rip off the design of the iPhone X for instance — the notch and all.

And we’ve already seen the Honor brand take on Animoji, an Apple-specific feature that the company introduced late last year along with the TrueDepth camera system in the iPhone X. Animoji use that front-facing camera tech to track your face and then let users look like a monkey, robot, cat, or even poop to send a message.

It even turned into Animoji karaoke. It caught on like a new feature sometimes does, in a way that companies hopes it does. And then it died out. If an iPhone X owner told me that they never send an Animoji, I would not be surprised in the slightest.

I’d probably send Animoji more, but the most attention they receive is when one of my kids wants to try it out and send a message to someone. Unfortunately no one they would send that Animoji too has the ability to send one back, so a lot of the fun is lost in a one-sided conversation.

And now we’ve seen Samsung unveil their newest processor, the Exynos 9 Series 9810, which not only supports more advanced facial recognition for more security when unlocking your smartphone, but also apparently supports the ability to offer an Animoji-like feature. I’m very curious to see how Samsung sells that later this year. Honor went ahead and splashed Apple’s Animoji on the screen when it showed off its own effort. Will Samsung do the same?

Animoji is such a weirdly Apple-specific feature that any company copying it is very blatantly copying it. (It doesn’t help when you try to show off how yours compares to Apple’s effort during the unveiling of your feature.) And while I like Animoji well enough, I don’t think it’s a feature that needs to be copied by other companies. Not everything has to be brought over from competing companies. In fact, do something else and make that the thing other companies want to copy from you.

It also just comes down to the fact that if a company like Samsung takes time to show off how their Animoji-inspired feature is “better” in some way, we can’t ignore the fact that Apple’s own effort is going to get better, too, later this year. That’s an ugly cycle to get stuck in, especially for such a random, silly feature.

“Our Animoji are better than their Animoji!”

What do you think? If you aren’t an iPhone X owner or an iOS user, are you actually looking forward to seeing Animoji-like features show up on your device(s)? Or is this one thing that you wouldn’t mind seeing staying an iOS exclusive? Let me know!

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