HTC's Dot View Case App Gets An Update With A Couple Of Interesting Additions

Manufacturers invest significant sums of money into smartphones, covering all aspects from the internal components such as the processor, memory, camera and networking modules, to the chassis and screen design. The result is often the product of many different teams and has been crafted to look and feel a certain way. It's such a shame, then, for the customer to buy a $10 case for a $600 smartphone: the cheap case may look and feel as cheap as you might expect, and it may not even offer the sort of protection that a $600 smartphone deserves. For this reason, cases such as the HTC Dot View case design are an interesting idea: here, HTC have injected some of their design DNA into the case and its functionality, which is designed for the HTC One M8 and later, selected, HTC smartphones. Not only does the Dot View case provide a degree of protection for the device, but certain functions still work in the case, which changes the behavior of the device by increasing the screen brightness and displaying content through the screen.

The case allows customers to handle calls and some notifications, providing weather updates and a selectable or customizable theme. HTC released the Dot View case application into the Google Play Store some time ago and it is regularly updated. Today there's another update, which brings lives themes including a playable Dot Breaker game. Yes, that's right; you can play a game on your case! The live themes include bright colors streaking across the display, a rocket ship taking off or a scrolling text message similar to the Windows "Marquee" screen saver. All this plus the Dot View case makes the M8 (and later One devices) less slippery in the hand, meaning you're less likely to drop the device. And should you do, the design should provide the handset with a degree of protection.

If you are using a compatible HTC handset, go ahead and visit the Google Play Store to download the update and let us know what you think. You can also hit up the source below to install from a web browser.

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David Steele

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I grew up with 8-bit computers and moved into PDAs in my professional life, using a number of devices from early Windows CE clamshells and later. Today, my main devices are a Nexus 5X, a Sony Xperia Z Tablet and a coffee cup.