Verizon was the first US carrier to get the HTC One M8 on its airwaves, if only by a nose. Even so, it took the folks at Team Win Recovery Project a little longer to get their much-loved TWRP custom recovery onto the Verizon version of the phone, probably because it takes a little more effort to get around the carrier's locks. But whatever the reason, it's here, and ROM aficionados on Big Red will surely be grateful.
HTC wasted no time making its new One M8 flagship available, which inevitably means that the source code for its software kernel would need to follow. HTC has dutifully published the code for a range of new M8 phones on top of those published earlier this month, specifying carriers in the United States and Europe and one model in Asia. Here's the list of new source code files now available from HTCDev.com:
United States - T-Mobile
United Kingdom - Orange, H3G, and O2
France - Bouygues, Vodafone, Orange
Spain - Generic
Germany - T-Mobile
Netherlands - T-Mobile
Poland - T-Mobile
Austria - T-Mobile
Taiwan - Generic
That's in addition to various phones published last week, which includes the source code for the One M8 Google Play Edition.
Three of the big four American carriers started offering the HTC One M8 on March 25th, the day the phone was announced. One, T-Mobile, is just getting the phone today. But last does not mean least, and with this un-carrier's low prices, there's plenty of reason to have waited. Unfortunately (and unsurprisingly), the affordability does not start with the phone itself, which is now available for $26.50 a month for twenty-four months or $636 all at once.
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.
There's nothing like a completely open device if you really want to tweak things and flash all sorts of ill-advised software. HTC isn't going to make it easy, though. Getting s-off is necessary to do all that fun stuff, and now the recently released Firewater tool has been updated with support for the M8.
HTC has just uploaded the open source bits for several variants of the new HTC One M8. Available for download right now is the Android 4.4.2 kernel source for the Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and Optus (an Aussie carrier) versions of the device. The Google Play Edition kernel source that was posted then yanked by HTC a few days ago is still no where to be found. Update: The GPE sources are back as well.
You know what trend in mobile is easy to make fun of? Wearables, of course. Most smart watches almost make fun of themselves. At some point in the last few weeks, the marketing folks at HTC and Samsung apparently came to very similar conclusions about the best way to lampoon wearables – gloves. Samsung came up with the Samsung Fingers smart glove, but HTC has just pseudo-announced the HTC Gluuv. Same basic joke, different execution.
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.
Verizon is already selling the new HTC One, and you can get two of them cheap as long as you don't mind signing a new contract. The buy-one-get-one-free deal on Verizon is enticing if you need two phones, but it gets even better. You can get 30% off the cost of the phone you're actually paying for.