Update: HTC has pulled down the kernel source and framework files for the time being. The reason is unclear. Perhaps they were posted early, but we'll keep an eye on them. You can grab the kernel source from this rehosted link and framework files from this one for now.

We're still a few weeks away from the ship date for the HTC One M8 Google Play Edition, but the kernel source is just a click away. HTC has posted the open source files for this device on its developer site, and you can (if the mood strikes you) poke around with it right now.

2014-03-31 01_21_48-HTCdev - HTC Kernel Source Code and Binaries

The download comes in two parts – a framework support package and the main ZIP file. Together you're looking at 131.7MB of KitKat code. This won't do the general public any good, though. It's mainly available so developers can improve app support and tinkerers can work on software modifications. It might also tell us a bit about how this device will work once it's out.

The HTC One M8 Google Play Edition is up for pre-order in Google Play (but only in the US) for $699.99. It's expected to ship in the next 2-3 weeks.

[HTCdev – Thanks, Justin]

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  • Jordan Khoviteri-Zadeh

    With all the rumours of 4.4.3 on the horizon, I'm surprised they're even doing a 4.4.2.

    • Daniel Smith

      It's under the GPL, so HTC have to release it.

    • Scott

      That's just it... rumors.

  • brararsh

    HTC is taking it Seriously!!

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    CyanogenMod 11, Paranoid Android 4.1, Pac-Man 4.4, AOKP - LET'S GO!

  • serzhanja

    4.4.3 WHERE

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

    For m7 users, how difficult/stable is the GPe rom on regular dev/unlocked editions through HTCdev? I'm considering the M8 and switching between GPe and Sense periodically.

    • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

      GPe ROMs were always rock solid on my M7. Can't wait for the M8 GPe ROMs to drop.

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

        Great. Thanks.

  • TechWings

    I may be a bit off topic, but does anyone know if the Dot View case will work with the GPe version of the M8?

    • Steve Freeman

      I doubt it. The GPE devices are usually stripped down, running pure Android, and the Dot View app is an HTC app. That's why I never really saw the point of getting a GPE device. If a regular consumer device has any custom hardware or functionality included (for instance the dual-lens camera on the M8), that functionality would be lost on the GPE device. Again, this is my understanding of how it works, so I could be mistaken.

      • TechWings

        Hmm. I was hoping with the release of the Dot View app to the Play Store, the case wouldn't be solely dependent on the software. I'm super interested in the M8, but I don't know that I want to deal with Sense.

        • Steve Freeman

          Well, if the dot view app doesn't rely on any other HTC apps, it may work fine after installing it from the store. I'm not an expert though.

          • TechWings

            Well, Google and HTC has a little over a week to clarify. So...hopefully.

    • http://www.vrdwellersblog.com/ Miles Reiter

      Pretty sure I saw that it does work on the GPe, especially now they're putting a bunch of Sense apps on the play store.

      • TechWings

        Droid Life got the GPe version today. Hopefully they'll do a write to confirm.

  • Snaake

    I just hope the GPe phones (One M8 and the probable Galaxy S5) won't remain US only, and this is just a preorder restriction.