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HTC has apparently dived head-first into a decentralized software support model. Translation: they're throwing everything they possibly can onto the Play Store, presumably so they don't have to wait for a full carrier update to tweak or improve their various Sense apps. The latest one to land in the Play Store is HTC Dot View, the support app for the interesting Dot View case, a cover that puts a perforated design to use.

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If you throw the new Dot View case on the new HTC One (M8), you can get pertinent info delivered right through the hundreds of holes in the cover without ever flipping it open. HTC is making use of a Lite-Brite-style design to achieve much the same effect as the windowed cases for Samsung or LG phones, and thanks to the One M8's gesture control support, you can also get some Moto X-style notifications and alerts. Tap the default screen to cycle between the weather and battery, or slide up or down to accept a call or cancel and alarm without even opening the case.

Pretty cool, right? Now all you have to do is find one. HTC isn't even selling the Dot View case on their own website yet, and we haven't seen it pop up at any online retailers. Those of you who have already bought a new HTC One M8 in the US might want to check out your local Verizon store (whether or not you're a Verizon customer), since Big Red got the exclusive retail launch and may have some accessories lying around. When and if you manage to find one, at least you won't be wanting for up-to-date features.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Muhammad Zohaib Rizwani

    Wait does this mean this might work with the google play edition?
    I'm guessing its a no but hey one can dream.

    • Mohammad Abu-Garbeyyeh

      It already works with GPe, there's code that checks for that.
      There will also be non dotted flip covers, that's also mentioned in the APK's code.

      • Muhammad Zohaib Rizwani

        Okay that is awesome!

  • bungadudu

    This is pretty cool!
    If it was to have a better camera and if it didn't had that huuuge bottom bezel.. no other phone could touch it for at least half an year!

    • John Longson

      Don't knock the Verizon One!
      I mean, the HTC Bezel!
      Aww, never mind. Go ahead.

      • Diaz1999

        Ask the Internet

        • John Longson

          I can't, Gary Oldman's eyes are so beautiful...

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

      Except the Sony Xperia Z2.
      Which appears to have been forgotten by some already.

      • bluevoodo

        Except Sony cant get it on carriers or a decent roll out in the U.S.

      • hoosiercub88

        Except that Sony's marketshare in the US is minimal. Which isn't important to everyone but is important still.

        • gmaninvan

          Only thing ubiquity is important for is cases and accessories, since the majority are made for the S5

  • John Longson

    Okay, am I stupid or is there no download link?

    • brararsh

      I think the first one.. :p Actually there is a Play Store link and you can install the app if you have M8.

      • John Longson

        I prefer a download link -- so I can load it onto my non-M8 :)

  • Danny365

    This is the best feature of the new One imho. Which is kind of disappointing to be honest.

    • bluevoodo

      Opinions are like A holes, everyone has one.

    • firesoul453

      What new feature would you want??

      • hoosiercub88

        A camera that can keep up with other flagships.

        • firesoul453

          Is it that bad? Seemed like most reviews I looked at had no problems with it.

  • monsterenergy22

    You can buy it from the vzw site and have them ship it to you. Stores will ship it to you as well since they only have them in their corporate warehouses.


  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Wow, you know I would've liked the actual app to be a lockscreen replacement option for non-HTC devices

  • http://cassidyjames.com Cassidy James

    Anyone else noticing 20:08 AM?


    • Mike S

      I was just going to post the same thing ???????

    • bungadudu

      It's htc.
      What would you expect?
      They have a tradition for getting things done perfect. 90%.

    • Ethan Clark

      Military time. It means 8pm.

      • http://cassidyjames.com Cassidy James

        Except you don't use AM or PM with military time. Hence the “what”

  • fonix232

    Let me guess, the one in charge of naming conventions was Australian :D

  • black

    I don't like cases that cover the screen. They're stupid and pointless.

    • Kylecore

      I don't know, this case seems a little smart and it may be pointless but it certainly has enough holes to make up for the lack of points.

  • gmaninvan

    I like that HTC is moving more to the play store. This is a good move and one that Moto did a while back when they were still part of Google (technically still are I know). This will take a step towards fulfilling the promise that manufacturers made as far as delivering more timely android updates to core software.

    They also thinned out sense significantly in Sense 5 and 6 which keeps them closer to the original source.

    The combination of disconnecting apps and making the skin less modified will make development times for future versions of android far less time consuming and cumbersome while at the same time preserving HTC's unique user experience which is part of their branding.

  • Yash Bothra

    when is the htc m8 coming to india ? and its prices any one ?

  • CeluGeek

    At least with this app there may be hope that the Dot View case can work on the GPE version of the One M8.

  • http://www.purplecloudzlifestyle.com/ Mz. 420

    Whoa! bad ass case!