Want the new HTC One M8, but don't want all the carrier lockdowns, bloatware, and update delays? You're in luck. The HTC One M8 Developer Edition is now available online from the company's web store. This variant of the phone works on AT&T and T-Mobile in the US, and on GSM and HSPA+ networks worldwide. As far as the hardware and software, it's basically the same as the other versions, but you get an unlockable bootloader and a stock, unadulterated Sense experience free from carrier meddling.


Speaking of the unlockable bootloader, HTC appears to be pulling a Sony this time around, and thoughtfully included this note:

Special note about the unlocked bootloader: With an unlocked bootloader, some content and special offers on your device may also be invalidated and cannot be accessed anymore because of invalid DRM security keys. This includes the Google Drive storage offer and content that you may have purchased through a 3rd party vendor and through HTC.

Also, if the retail variants are doing this, it's quite possible that the Google Play Edition will too. This situation has already happened once, as both the retail and GPE variants of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra also delete DRM keys when unlocking the bootloader. Now, before you run away screaming, this doesn't mean you'll be unable to watch streaming movies or things of that nature. Generally, the DRM keys the OEMs refer to are not Android's own keys, but rather special ones that are put in place by the OEMs for specific purposes. We won't know this for sure until the devices actually start shipping, though.