HTC One M8 S-OFF achieved, allows further hacking

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HTC One M8 S-OFF

If you’re one of the lucky devils who got their hands on the critically acclaimed HTC One M8, there’s some good news coming your way. If you’re a fan of tinkering with your device then the guys over at the Firewater dev team have a treat for you, they’ve devised a way of gaining S-OFF (security off) on the HTC One.

This is best done if you’re a dab hand at coding with command lines, if you’re a bit of a novice perhaps it’s best you leave this alone. In order to get this under way first up; you need to root your phone and disable the device’s lock-screen security.

This exploit is not to be confused with unlocking your bootloader, an unlocked bootloader allows you to install custom ROMs onto your device, the S-OFF exploit gives you more control over your device than unlocking the bootloader does and will let you fiddle around with the internal flash. Most pre-production phones come with S-OFF as default, but once they hit the stores retailers slap the security on to eliminate the risk of users damaging their devices.

You might be wondering if there’s any point in getting involved with this risky business, well if you’re a fan of the Google Play Edition M8, this is certainly a cheaper way to convert your HTC branded M8 into the Google Play Edition instead of just buying two. The GPE device does shed a lot of HTC’s cool new features which are baked into HTC’s Sense 6 UI, although they are making more and more of their own apps available on the Google Play Store.

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