The HTC One M8 is one hell of a phone, but what really hit home for many of us was the Dot View case the Taiwanese manufacturer made for its flagship device. The dotted case gives you a quick glance at the time and a few notifications, but it is pretty limited. What if it could do more?
We can currently look at the time, get weather icons, text messaging, calendar and call notifications. You can also answer or decline calls, but the case could do much more in the future. The fact you can interact with it via touch gives it so much potential.
In fact, developer Shen Ye has been working on hacking the Dot View app for some time now, and he has come with some rather awesome concepts. He has managed to show Hangouts, Twitter, and other services’ notifications.
We hope HTC gives us more functionality in the future, but if they don’t we can probably count on the developer community. The possibilities are really endless. What do you want to see in future Dot View updates or hacks?
Here are some of our ideas.
You can already play many games with your regular screen, but it would still be very fun to see some 8-bit games coming to Dot View. Imagine playing Tetris, for example. Shen Ye thought about this and made a concept, but it’s just an image. So far, he doesn’t have a working game.
This is something I would personally love to see. It would be great to be able to swipe left/right on the bottom image in the Dot View case and get access to some Widgets.
You could see short messages, a camera launch button and Shazam are just a few examples.
You can already use Voice Actions with the Dot View app, but what if we could get a simplified version of Google Now?
If we can answer and decline calls, why can’t we initiate them? I would love to be able to make a call without having to uncover my HTC One M8 display. This could be done with a Dot View feature that displays the number pad and some other simple dialer actions.
What ideas do you have?
These are only a few examples of what we could see on the HTC One M8 Dot View case at some point in the future. I really hope development takes this accessory to the next level.
We know we can come up with awesome ideas as a team. So tell us, guys – what would you like to see the Dot View case being able to do?