The notch is spreading for no good reason: the MWC was rife with iPhone X lookalikes

March 2nd, 2018   decode   Android 7.1

Smartphone makers are like school kids – they see the popular guy wear a weird hat and rush off to the store to buy weird hats too. It’s easier than developing their own style. Apple has been just such a trend-setter in Smartphone High and after successfully undermining the headphone jack, it’s now responsible for an explosion of notches.

But screen notches didn’t originate with Apple – time for a detour to History class. As former Motorola designer pointed out on Twitter, the MOTOFONE F3 had a notch way back in 2006. This one barely had an UI, though, so the notch didn’t get in the way….

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