HTC One M8’s Dot View app gets a huge update, introduces custom wallpapers and more

HTC Dot View app update

HTC’s Dot View case is arguably the best thing to happen to device protection in a very long time. Not because the Dot View case offers the best protection, or even uses premium materials — it’s because it’s damn cool to look at. Straight up.

Today, HTC’s Dot View app is getting an update on Google Play and it looks to finally add many features/requests lacking in the previous build. Namely, there’s an actual interface giving users the ability to choose from various hand picked wallpapers tailored to the Dot View’s 8-bit like Creative Matrix Display. Should you have a wallpaper of your own you’d like to try out, you can even select one of your vary own, just keep in mind it might not look as cool.

Aside from customization options, the app is getting some new functionality as well. HTC added the ability to redial the 3 most recent calls, and new notifications can be found, viewable by swiping left or right with the Dot View case closed.

One of the smarter moves HTC made lately was unbundling a few of their system apps and making them updatable through the Google Play Store. Typically, users have to wait for manufacturers to push out an entire system update before getting nifty little features like camera tweaks or what have you. A trend started by Motorola with the Moto X, we have to say we like this method a lot better.

You can grab the Dot View update right now in the Play Store, or if this has finally convinced any of you to pick up the Dot View case, they can be found on Amazon for around $27 here.

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  • blest

    Nabbing one soon

  • DDroid45

    I’m happy to see htc actually showing alot more support, I may actually buy one of the cases, only problem is I’m addicted to my seidio kickstand case, can this fit view case stand the phone up

    • harold

      Does at look like it would?

      • DDroid45

        Uum is you trying to be an “A” Hole and can’t even get your comment out right

        • harold

          I’m never an a-hole just asking.

          • DDroid45

            the real ? Is, do you know the answer to what it can do?

    • William Ross

      No it can not

  • Seth Houser

    Really wish htc would update the M8 Verizon usa version and give us extreme power saver mode. It’s been 3 months.

    • William Ross

      That’s a Verizon thing, has nothing to do with HTC

    • HotInEER

      You do understand that’s Verizon’s fault and not HTC? HTC releases the code and then it’s up to each carrier to test it on their network and release. Verizon’s the last on everything except price.

  • Elloria Shaw

    Darn I still have the M7… Yep 2-year contracts occasionally annoy me.

  • chris_johns

    its amazing how i would love this phone and want one…if it wasnt so big/tall and had that black bar…literally that black bar is what would stop me from buying this…how doesnt htc see this and i pray the m9(brat brat) has a little better screen to footpring design…after my x i cant have a device that doesnt

    • jekyll919

      Which black bar? The one on the screen? Unless there is a dramatic improvement in capacitive screen technology, it’ll be there for the foreseeable future. That’s where they put the actual capacitive sensor. We usually don’t notice it because there are buttons there, but because the speaker is moved around to the front, there’s no where in the bezel to put that sensor, so it’s gotta be on the bottom there.

    • JointhePredacons

      Sad, really sad that “literally that black bar” is what is stopping you from getting one of the best, if not the best made Android phone on the market today with great software and camera as well. But if you must wait for the M9, im sure it will be even more awesome, but that black bar will still be there. Maybe not on the bottom of the screen, but definitely somewhere.

  • mrtheduke

    The new wallpapers look great, however they remove the weather icon which is slightly annoying.