TWRP for Nexus 6 and 9 Available, Unofficial CM12 Alpha for HTC Explorer! – XDA TV

Team Win Recovery Project for the Nexus 6 and Nexus … more

Jolla Tablet Announced: The Second Sailfish OS Device

A little over a year ago, Jolla released its first smartphone with the brand new Jolla … more

Android One Devices Get Unofficial CM12 Port

Android One was initially announced right before Android Lollipop. By releasing these cheap, yet … more

WhatsApp Decides to Protect Your Data

When Facebook bought WhatsApp for the absurdly large sum of $19bn back in February, they took the tech … more

Welcome to XDA

Search to go directly to your device's forum

Register an account

Unlock full posting privileges

Ask a question

No registration required
Post Reply

[Q] New to HTC

OP hecksagon

18th August 2014, 06:40 AM   |  #1  
OP Member
Thanks Meter: 23
 
58 posts
Join Date:Joined: Dec 2010
Looking to buy a used M8. Is there anything to watch out for as far as software versions that s-off doesn't work or that to not have root yet?
18th August 2014, 11:23 AM   |  #2  
dragontology's Avatar
Senior Member
Flag North Carolina
Thanks Meter: 210
 
882 posts
Join Date:Joined: Dec 2010
More
You're new to HTC and you know what S-OFF means? You're farther along than I was when I got this phone.

The latest firmware version is 1.55.605.2 and that may or may not work with Firewater, the free S-OFF exploit. If it doesn't (and there's no telling until you try), you'll have to use SunShine, and that costs $25 (and there's no way around that price). Without S-OFF, best you can do is temp root that goes away when you reboot and may or may not come back (if it doesn't, you do it again). Naturally some stuff doesn't work with that. When you have S-OFF you can flash a custom recovery and then flash SuperSU for permanent root, or better yet you just flash a ROM.

There's about to be an update that will almost certainly break S-OFF, at least until SunShine catches up. I'm guessing Firewater won't be updated.
The Following User Says Thank You to dragontology For This Useful Post: [ View ]
18th August 2014, 03:32 PM   |  #3  
OP Member
Thanks Meter: 23
 
58 posts
Join Date:Joined: Dec 2010
I saw there was custom kernels in the development boards, are these for retail or developer edition only? I understand that the bootloader is locked, so if these are for the retail edition, is flashing unsigned kernels a feature of having s-off?
18th August 2014, 05:12 PM   |  #4  
Senior Member
Flag Lima
Thanks Meter: 39
 
211 posts
Join Date:Joined: Dec 2009
More
By doing either the firewater or sunshine method will unlock your bootloader along with making your phone s-off so you will be good to go. The kernels in the Verizon m8 section will work only on the Verizon variant. You can check the main m8 section and look at their customers kernels. Normally they will list whether or not it works on a certain carrier. Just be careful in that forum considering its for all m8 variants so it is possible to download something that could brick your phone.
18th August 2014, 06:47 PM   |  #5  
curly9's Avatar
Senior Member
Thanks Meter: 44
 
392 posts
Join Date:Joined: Sep 2011
More
I tried firewater last night and it didn't work. I would try it first because it said it would work with what my phone had as in software. I ended up having to use sunshine and paying 25$
18th August 2014, 07:32 PM   |  #6  
OP Member
Thanks Meter: 23
 
58 posts
Join Date:Joined: Dec 2010
I have no issue paying. Right now I have a Note 3 that has nothing but Touchwiz roms. Great device but horrible Samsung software.
19th August 2014, 05:16 PM   |  #7  
S1L3nTShaDoWz's Avatar
Senior Member
Thanks Meter: 73
 
377 posts
Join Date:Joined: Dec 2013
More
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dark Reality

You're new to HTC and you know what S-OFF means? You're farther along than I was when I got this phone.

The latest firmware version is 1.55.605.2 and that may or may not work with Firewater, the free S-OFF exploit. If it doesn't (and there's no telling until you try), you'll have to use SunShine, and that costs $25 (and there's no way around that price). Without S-OFF, best you can do is temp root that goes away when you reboot and may or may not come back (if it doesn't, you do it again). Naturally some stuff doesn't work with that. When you have S-OFF you can flash a custom recovery and then flash SuperSU for permanent root, or better yet you just flash a ROM.

There's about to be an update that will almost certainly break S-OFF, at least until SunShine catches up. I'm guessing Firewater won't be updated.

If you don't mind me asking, which update is "almost certainly to break S-OFF" and how? Haven't heard anything about this and just wondering.
23rd August 2014, 07:07 AM   |  #8  
dragontology's Avatar
Senior Member
Flag North Carolina
Thanks Meter: 210
 
882 posts
Join Date:Joined: Dec 2010
More
I'm not exactly sure. I'm running 1.55.605.2 and that's what came on my M8. Bought it on... June 14, I think. Or 16. Somewhere in there. No OTA's. Firewater worked fine for me. But some are saying that a future update (or this one, if you OTA'd from a previous) patches Firewater's exploit, and thus you have to use SunShine. That's about all I know about it.

Post Reply Subscribe to Thread
Previous Thread Next Thread
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes