Will Verduzco · Apr 6, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Fully Convert Your GSM HTC One M8 into a Google Play Edition

Just a few days ago, XDA Forum Moderator graffixnyc showed us how to run the Google Play edition firmware on the standard model . But while this allowed us to enjoy many of the GPe device’s software, it wasn’t exactly a full conversion. Now, thanks to S-Off being achieved by the Firewater team, graffixnyc has released an RUU to completely transform your vanilla HTC One M8 into a  GPe device.

Before doing anything, you’re strongly suggested to backup everything on your device, including its internal SD card, as the contents will be wiped in the process. Next, you must obtain S-Off using the previously covered Firewater S-Off method. Then, download the RUU zip, execute a few ADB and fastboot commands, reboot, and you’re good to go. After the process is complete, you can choose to flash a custom recovery, but this will make it so that you can’t install GPe OTA updates directly.

Please keep in mind that this method only works for GSM variants of the device. And as mentioned above, please be sure to backup all of your data before getting started.

If you wish to completely convert your standard edition GSM HTC One M8 to a Google Play edition, head over to the original thread, read all of the steps thoroughly, and give it a shot.


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willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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