Leading up to the launch of the One M8, HTC started posting some of its apps to the Play Store. This arrangement allows it to roll out changes to particular apps without having to issue firmware updates, which is what it has recently done. The HTC Dot View app has gained a number of new features that expand upon the functionality owners of the accessory can tap into.

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The update brings in the ability to select your own image to use as the case's wallpaper. In addition, the case will now allow users to redial the three most recent phone calls, and they can swipe left or right to switch between notifications. All of these features are demoed in the video below.

What's new:

  • Personalization – Select your own photos and images as the wallpaper of the case.
  • Redial – Redial is now available for the three most recent calls.
  • More Notifications – Swipe left and right to see more notifications.

The Dot View case is only compatible with the M8, so naturally you need that phone to get much use out of the link below.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • http://blake.pm Blake Mitchell

    If they can't get app devs to buy in they need to build in a way to use the notification settings menu for a broader range of notifications. Getting gmail notifications is much more important than email I'm afraid.

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  • Matthew Fry

    That's 1 more case-based update than Samsung S-View has ever had. That case sucks.

  • black

    HTC made a big show out of this dot thing. Did it ever really take off? Do people make use of it?

    • mewikime

      I bought one when I got the phone and I think it's just great. I can't even explain why though. "You can see the time and weather, notifications and answer phone calls by touching the case" doesn't sound all that special, but when you use it, it is. Pulling it out of my pocket just requires tapping the case cover and
      being able to glance at important information I need, like time, if I
      have any emails, texts, etc, or reminders. And it's full screen, which is much better than the skinny slit on the S-View. that I had with my Galaxy S4.

      • black

        But this thing lights up the entire screen, right? Aren't you better off just looking at the screen? Or is your main concern drop-protection as well?

        • mewikime

          The case is thin and plastic and clips on the back of the phone - there's barely any protection against dropping, so it's no otterbox, that's for sure (and the dotmatrix part of the case is more like rubber). But to protect the brushed metal on the back and the screen getting scratched from whatever else is in my pocket, it works. Yeah, the entire screen turns on but it's only for a second or two, which it would do anyway if I didn't have the case and turned the screen on manually to check the time.

          • black

            ok. thanks.

    • anehlo

      I use it and really like it. it's pretty useful especially how opening the flap will wake the device instead of reaching all the way to the top where the power button is of this long phone to turn on the screen (yes, I know you can double tap the screen to wake it, but I turned that off because I kept accidentally waking the phone when I didn't intend to). And this update makes it pretty cool. But I must admit, the alerts and functionality are pretty limited. One thing I'd like to see is the ability to skip songs when listening to music. Currently, you have to open the flap to turn on the phone to skip or replay a song.

      • mewikime

        MuhammadAG has an Xposed Module that might do that. There's also a mod on XDA from the guys who make the Venom roms. It's already been updated to include HTC's update. Both allow for custom notifications, too, so that any notification from any app will display.

        • anehlo

          I read a little bit about that but looks like you have to have root for it to work. I guess it's time to look into rooting this baby... Thanks.