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S-OFF Achieved on All Variants of HTC One (M8)

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That was fast. Merely two weeks after the handset’s initial release, the talented Firewater development team has managed to achieve S-OFF (“security off”) on all variants of the HTC One (M8).

For those who aren’t familiar, S-OFF disables HTC’s proprietary low-level write protection mechanism, allowing software to modify the internal flash storage of your device. Translation? Custom bootloaders, recovery menus, ROMs, and kernels are all a possibility. 

As an example of what’s possible, XDA user graffixnyc  released a tweaked ROM updater that converts any GSM HTC One (M8) to a Google Play Edition device.

If you aren’t familiar with rooting, processes like these can be fraught with peril. That said, anyone willing to take the plunge can do so by following the instructions at Firewater’s site.

Via: Firewater S-OFF
  • HTCM8Nordic

    This doesn’t work for ALL variants. My nordic HTC were not able to get S-OFF, just a stupid message that basically tells you to scram and that the developers of this hack couldn’t care less if it works for you or not.

  • RBI411

    Anybody know if this is working on the vzw M7 with 4.4.2?

  • ApplesNAndroids

    The Moto X was my favorite android phone. It’s now been replaced by the M8. It’s a awesome phone all around and I’m much more pleased with it then I thought I would have been

    • George264

      I’m on the same boat. I thought with the X I finally got the perfect Android phone even though the camera is complete junk. This camera is much, much better along with some cool features that came to use on my trip to DC this weekend. This is better than the X is every way except the size but I quickly adjusted in mere hours. I can’t live without double tap on anymore.

  • coolsilver

    As much as I hate to admit HTC has been ones to not hop on the extreme encrypted bootloaders.

  • Jackson Emch

    God I want this phone, like real bad.

  • qudwls6933

    Verizon M8 included???

    • kevlar

      Yes. Works fine.

  • Mrhug3

    Had the device since day one. Never thought about rooting, roms, etc. Honestly feel that it’s good enough. Not sure about taking the plunge just yet.

    • MistaButters

      Even if you like the HTC skin, custom kernels are always nice.

      • George264

        Sense 6 is absolutely awesome. Looks like a merge between the good looking ios 7 apps and googles new apps. Also blazing fast and beautiful display.

        Although when I get bored with it in a few months I’ll put GPE on it. If it’s like last year, it’ll read as GPE on googles end too and you can OTA.

  • Joe

    Wow… ive been keeping my eye on this phone. Really the only phone i feel can justify using an upgrade on. I have an upgrade thay ive been saving for a whole year. Already have a G2, which i have absolutely NO COMPLAINTS about (aside the abysmal camera framerate issues). Probably gonna blow this upgrade and get this now that we can S-Off and unlock the bootloader on this bad boy!!!

  • T_Dizzle

    AdAway and bloat removal happening real soon. This phone makes my GNex feel prehistoric.

    • T_Dizzle

      That really was easy. My paranoia made it take way longer than necessary.

  • John Davids

    The M8 just rocketed to the top of my list of phones to buy on VZW. I am super skeptical that the GS5 will ever be rooted or bootloader unlocked given the massive issues the dev community has had with the VZW GS4.

    • http://twitter.com/zbaltrip Zach B

      And VZW Note 3…

  • MichaelFranz

    OK, this phone is starting to get my attention again…maybe

  • rawson815

    Thank God !!!!!! F sense Roms incoming !!!!

  • flosserelli

    Holy crap that was fast. Everyone that uses this method should donate to the Firewater team to encourage efforts for future devices.

  • two_cents

    It was very easy… didn’t lose any information like usual with this process… took ten minutes maybe

  • DJyoSNOW

    Congrats M8 owners