Well, you knew it was going to happen sooner or later. No sooner was s-off packaged up for the masses, than a flashable ZIP was created to turn the standard Sense-laden M8 into a Google Play Edition device. This process is not for the faint of heart – you could break things and render your phone useless. For the brave or foolhardy, read on.
Update: According to this Google+ post, pre-orders for the phone will begin later today. There's still no word on a shipping date.
Update #2: You can now press the "Add to cart" button. The phone is currently scheduled to leave Google's warehouse in 2-3 weeks:
One of the more interesting aspects of HTC's One M8 launch is the rapid way the company is releasing the phone, with major American and Canadian carriers getting access to the device in one day or less.
Pre-orders for the new HTC One M8 Google Play Edition are about to hit the virtual shelves of the Play Store, but one will set you back a whopping $699. Some jaws are surely sore from the ground impact they just suffered, but here's something that may help with the swelling. The price of the 2013 HTC One (M7) GPE has just dropped by $100. Now instead of parting with $599 all at once, Google will ship you one for $499.
The All New HTC One (M8), the phone that's been leaked more than any device in recent history, is going to get officially unveiled later on today at an event in NYC. It is my pleasure to announce that the Google Play Edition, meaning stock Android, now looks to be confirmed and will be joining the Sense variant at some point, hopefully as early as today. While not entirely unexpected, there was a chance that HTC would opt out of the GPE program this time around.
As a follow up to our recent PSA on bootloader quirks with GPE devices, we thought it would be a good idea to shed some light on a bootloader anomaly which affects both Nexus and GPE devices. Recently, there have been changes to the way unlocking happens behind the scenes. These changes can result in a device that infinitely boots into recovery.
Traditionally, when you decide to unlock and flash a custom recovery, the procedure goes something like this:
In case you haven't been paying attention, there has been a storm of Android 4.4.2 updates for Google Play Edition devices over the past few days. It started Friday with the HTC One and Galaxy S4, and continued yesterday with the G Pad 8.3. Now, it's time for Sony Z Ultra GPE owners to get in on the action. The OTA weighs in at hefty 444 MB and, like all other recent GPE updates, will bring the phone up to date with current Nexus devices at Android 4.4.2/KOT49H.
As soon as the first orders for the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition began arriving at users' doors, the bug reports started rolling in. While this always happen with a new handset, two of the issues quickly emerged as critical. To be more specific:
Any Nexus or Google Play Edition device owner has seen it at least once. You get an OTA update to a new version of Android, and you notice that it says "Via Wi-Fi only until" and some arbitrary date. There seems to be a lot of confusion with people regarding what this is and more importantly what it is not. We feel like it's time to shed some light.
A lot of times, when there's a new Android OTA update available, this date becomes annoying to people because it means they can't download their OTA over a mobile network.
There's no need for a full review of the new Google Play Edition of LG's G Pad 8.3 - you're familiar with the software thanks to LG's own Nexus 5 and other AOSP devices, and you can check out Cameron Summerson's review of the retail version of the G Pad 8.3 for a look at the hardware. Aside from the "V510" badge on the tablet's legal tiny type, this is the same device, and there's not so much as a Google logo to tell the two apart.