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.

Shawn De Cesari
Shawn is a web developer by day and XDA's resident archivist for Nexus and Google Play Edition device OTA updates by night. When not immersing himself in code or Android, he can be found hunting down antique signs, taking road trips, listening to music, or playing video games. His daily drivers are a Nexus 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus.
  • http://si97.com/ Saif

    Is there a regular unlocked variant like M7 too?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

      We won't know until people actually start getting them in their hands.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Am I missing the link?. . . Never mind, found it. Probably should be at the footer

  • Abhishek Kulkarni

    who would pay 50$ extra for GPE lol fkin HTC

    • sssgadget

      u wot m8?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      GPE is $700. $100 Extra. Developer Edition is $650

  • ProductFRED

    1. It's sold out

    2. Just do the Google Drive offer before unlocking the bootloader

    3. Nobody even buys content from device manufacturers, except maybe Apple. So you're not losing out.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

      In the case of Sony, it can also cause physical functions of the device to not work. For instance, with the Z Ultra (retail or GPE), if you unlock the bootloader and erase those DRM keys, the X Reality function doesn't work, and I think it may also affect some of the sound processing. I'm not saying this will happen on the M8 if you unlock the bootloader, but it's possible.

      • ProductFRED

        I have no idea why Sony designs their devices that way. Samsung went crazy with Knox security, and even they don't cripple device functions like Sony does. I understand the need a function of DRM keys, but not when they are tied with basic functions of the device.

  • Milton P.

    I'm tempted, but I will resist, my Nexus 5 is doing well... But it looks sexy... But I don't need it... But I wanted... Arghh damn you technology what have you done to me?

  • motoridersd

    They don't list the bands on the HTC site. Has it officially been confirmed to support T-Mobile's AWS? Is it the same as the GPE where it only supports HSDPA 21 and not 42? Does it only support LTE Band 17 and not Band 12 (assuming the T-Mobile edition will support Band 12 instead of 17).

    An HTC Chat Rep said it was GSM /GPRS /EDGE : 850/900/1800/1900 MHz WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz CDMA: 800/1900 MHz (BC0/BC1) LTE: 700/AWS/1800/2600MHz (this of course should be taken with a bucketfull of salt)

    • Naworb McGee

      I wish the site said what bands it supported... As a Canadian, I want it, but not sure about what carriers it supports

    • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

      T-Mobile also uses 1700MHz for HSPA+, which is a majority of their HSPA coverage lies. 1900MHz is their refarmed spectrum which is very, very rare. LTE is supported properly - even the new LTE announced on Band 12 (700MHz). I hope this helps.

  • Derek Traini

    Apparently something is up with the orders for the Developer Edition. Here is a tweet from YouTuber Austin Evans: "HTC just took the One M8 developer edition down from their site and canceled my order. Seriously?"

    • Dylan Patel

      Probably sold out.

      • Will Frame

        No, I ordered within the first few minutes and my order was canceled too. If it was sold out, they would just have the buy button greyed out. I think they listed it early.

        • EvoKnvl

          Ordered mine. Not cancelled. It's in the Pick Status. The lady I spoke with said it won't ship until the 3rd of April.

          • Berj Boodanian

            Same here. I had to go through some authorization stage. Maybe that's why Will Frame's order was cancelled. In any case, the lady said April 3rd best case scenario. Got overnight so it should arrive April 4th. She said that might change if its back-ordered, in which you can request a refund.

  • challenge_accepted

    says not available in my area? im in US

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Let the rooting games begin

  • Tony Lai

    Why can't I buy developer's edition? I thought it's available on day one?
    I saw the icon and was able to choose it, but it just keeps on saying it's not available in the US... then the icon is gone missing lol

  • Berj Boodanian

    I ordered this. I called HTC and they told me that the Dev Edition won't be shipped until April 3rd, which is a bit disappointing considering I paid for overnight shipping assuming it ships tomorrow. In any case, best case scenario is April 3rd for early orders but she said that "may change". If it does, you have the option to cancel the order. Our YouTube channel Technibility do tech reviews, so we're anticipating receiving this phone.

    • designgears

      Overnight shipping is free...

      • Berj Boodanian

        You're right, but apparently, according to the HTC rep on the phone, the dev edition wasn't supposed to be ordered on day 1, which makes no sense, but none the less, I called and rather than reimbursing me, they are accommodating me with a free case, which is cool.

  • grokrfun

    I noticed that the product page for the M8 says it only supports up to 64GB SD card. Why is this different than the carrier variants?

  • james bond

    Got Mine ordered Unlocked one with taxes for 700$ ,shipping will begin from 3rd as the lets talk agent told me over the phone.

  • james bond

    By the dont go by my name it was created by an old stupid friend ,never changed it till date

  • Adeel Spall

    Hi I mistakenly bought the developer edition m8 can anybody plz guide me how to get access to Google play store app to download apps thanks.

    • don chito

      Do you have the google play store icon in your app drawer? if so, click on that and you're there. I assume you know what to do once its open. Ie: search or browse for what you are looking for. If not use your phones browser and google play store. find the latest version and download it. oh, I forgot to mention. you need to have gmail accountso you can tie it into that account. it's free.

      Now listen partner, I don't mean to sound condescending, I'm about to tell you this for your own good. You say you have a Dev Ed. that unlockable bootloader allows you to play god with your phone. Doing so allows you access to your core system files, the ability to root, and the ability to load a custom ROM in place of the stock. Completely customizable to the nth degree. That being said messing with those files and not knowing what you are doing can get you in some serious trouble my friend. Before unlocking and rooting, I implore you to do some homework and learn all you can about all of it. once you've learned the basic definitions and stuff, Do it again. You don't want you phone turning into an expensive paper weight. USE THE INTERNETt!!! xda-developers is probably the best site for info of this kind. Sorry to lecture you there my boy, just want you to know what you are getting into. Once you've learned the basics you will become a rom junkie and never look back. Good luck and have fun