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4th December 2014, 02:56 AM |#1  
Okay so I just received my brand new M8 through Amazon and luckily it came shipped with 4.4.2 out of the box.

I may or may not want to install roms as of yet, but I at least want root to remove the bloatware. What's the best way to go about achieving that and to updating to 4.4.4 while maintaining root?
 
 
4th December 2014, 03:51 AM |#2  
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The two exploits for the m8 (firewater and sunshine) both unlock the bootloader and turn s-off. Firewater is free and only works on some 4.4.2 devices. Sunshine is SUPER easy, costs $25 (I think) and works on 4.4.3 or lower and is expected to be updated soon to work with 4.4.4.

Once s-off you should find (at a minimum) the pinned threads for details on flashing recovery and the super user/super su binaries.

Newbie (not intended to be insulting) advice: it sounds like you have a lot of reading to do. While your question is reasonable, it implies that there's a lot you may not know and gaining s-off opens parts of your phone that you can really screw up. Read read read everything you can BEFORE flashing anything.

Welcome to the m8.
4th December 2014, 03:53 AM |#3  
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Originally Posted by RemnantKing2

Okay so I just received my brand new M8 through Amazon and luckily it came shipped with 4.4.2 out of the box.

I may or may not want to install roms as of yet, but I at least want root to remove the bloatware. What's the best way to go about achieving that and to updating to 4.4.4 while maintaining root?

Definitely don't take the OTA update to 4.4.4 until you've got s-off and root. They fine folks haven't cracked that nut yet. If I recall correctly, I used the weaksauce/firewater method. This is the guide I used: link. I'm pretty sure my device was on 4.4.2 when I bought it just a few weeks ago, but I'm not 100% certain. In any event, as long as you're not on 4.4.4 you're good.

As for getting to 4.4.4 once s-off, I flashed CleanROM and it's been running like a champ. Any 4.4.4 ROM you flash is going to require a firmware update. Firmwares can be found here.
4th December 2014, 03:58 AM |#4  
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http://theroot.ninja

Here is the sunshine link in case firewater doesn't work. Instructions and how to's are in there I believe.
4th December 2014, 04:01 AM |#5  
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The two exploits for the m8 (firewater and sunshine) both unlock the bootloader and turn s-off. Firewater is free and only works on some 4.4.2 devices. Sunshine is SUPER easy, costs $25 (I think) and works on 4.4.3 or lower and is expected to be updated soon to work with 4.4.4.

Once s-off you should find (at a minimum) the pinned threads for details on flashing recovery and the super user/super su binaries.

Newbie (not intended to be insulting) advice: it sounds like you have a lot of reading to do. While your question is reasonable, it implies that there's a lot you may not know and gaining s-off opens parts of your phone that you can really screw up. Read read read everything you can BEFORE flashing anything.

Welcome to the m8.

I feel where the OP is coming from. I've gained root/s-off on 6 different HTC devices to date and just about all of them have some new or different twists from the last. I've found it's best not to make assumptions with an unfamiliar device and to ask clear, concise questions. I'm sure his OP will answer the same question lots of people will have in the coming weeks.
4th December 2014, 04:10 AM |#6  
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I feel where the OP is coming from. I've gained root/s-off on 6 different HTC devices to date and just about all of them have some new or different twists from the last. I've found it's best not to make assumptions with an unfamiliar device and to ask clear, concise questions. I'm sure his OP will answer the same question lots of people will have in the coming weeks.

It's just that HTC is new and to me seems a bit more complicated than Samsung. I am used to Samsung and having Odin makes things way easier. But i'll definitely give it a shot, thank you guys.
4th December 2014, 06:32 AM |#7  
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Did you get firewater to work for you ?
4th December 2014, 10:47 PM |#8  
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It's just that HTC is new and to me seems a bit more complicated than Samsung. I am used to Samsung and having Odin makes things way easier. But i'll definitely give it a shot, thank you guys.

I've worked on a number of Samsungs. HTC's are a bit more complicated,but I strongly prefer HTC for a number of reasons.
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