HTC 10 is a brand new Android based device which comes to surprise even the most pickier user. The device brings high end specs and new features which can ensure the greatest Android experience. Along with these new features HTC also introduced the new Sense 8, a dedicated UI which is now more similar with the pure Android platform. Unfortunately, older HTC braded devices will not receive the new UI, the One M8 making no exception from this rule. So, that’s why you might want to learn how to port the official Sense 8 UI that runs on the HTC 10 on your own HTC One M8.
As you can already tell, if you choose to follow the guidelines from this tutorial you can learn exactly how to complete this flashing operation. Of course, the Sense 8 UI can be installed on the HTC One M8 only if you agree to use a new custom ROM firmware. Thus, yes, we will be going to check how to update your HTC branded device with a custom software which is already pre-loaded with the new custom UI developed by HTC. The ROM is developed by those of xda-developers, so you have nothing to worry about.
However, being an unoficial Android update you will be able to flash this custom software on your HTC One M8 only in certain conditions. In that respect your smartphone must be rooted and installed with a custom recovery image like CWM or TWRP recovery. The root access is requaired as the internal system of your device must be unlocked – the ROM will modify, optimize, customize and personalize built-in features, apps and programs. The custom recovery image will be then used on the actual installation process – you cannot complete this guide without using such software.
This custom ROM is loaded with the Sense 8 UI along with several other features and apps which cannot be found by default on the HTC One M8 Android system. Thus, you are going to complete an unoficial update procedure. Basically that can mean only one thing: you are going to lose your phone’s warranty if you choose to resume all the lines from this step by step guide. Therefore, be careful and try not to mess things up – if you somehow manage to brick your handset, taking it back to service and reclaiming the warranty won’t be possible (in that situation you will have to pay for the technical assistance, or you will have to learn how to manually fix your bricked HTC One M8).
With this new firmware installed your HTC One M8 should run better and also faster. The ROM comes with new options and built-in settings which can be used for customizing and optimizing the performance. The software is also stable and smooth so you won’t experience any Android software related issues such as boot loops, lags, bugs, force close errors, battery drain, heating situations, screen freeze, total blackouts and so on.
However, a Nandroid backup should be ensured – you must save the current Android OS that runs on your HTC One M8 before doing anything else. If the new Sense 8 UI won’t be on your taste you will be capable to use the Nandroid backup file in order to go back to stock without using another complex tutorial.
Along with the Nandroid backup you have to save everything else – I am talking about your personal data, info, accounts and files. You see, a custom Android update can be flashed only if first a wipe has been performed – otherwise the new Android system won’t run properly. So, in our case you first have to make a hard reset and to clear app data cache. As a result, you can end up in losing everything that’s personal and important. Thus, avoid unpleasant situations and choose to sync your data with your account, to use cloud storage platforms or to download compatible and dedicated backup and restore tools from Google Play in order to save your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and so on.
Other pre requisites are including: you have to use a computer where to download the files from below; on your smartphone you must become a developer by tapping seven times on Built Number (from “menu – settings – about phone); then, from “menu – settings – developer options” you must enable the USB Debugging option; your phone’s USB cable must be near you too; you have to charge your HTC One M8 before trying the Sense 8 UI, if the battery power is currently lower than 50% - otherwise your device might get bricked (if it will get switched off during the update process).
How to Install the HTC 10 Sense 8 UI on the HTC One M8
- First of all, on your computer open your web browser client. Navigate towards this page.
- Download the custom ROM firmware package; place it on desktop and resume the next steps.
- Connect your One M8 with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
- Transfer the downloaded update file from your computer to your handset.
- When the process is completed, remove the USB connection – the computer is no longer required.
- Now, power off your device. Wait while the shut-down process is completed and then enter recovery mode on your Android device.
- From recovery you have to make the wipe first: select “wipe data factory reset”, followed by “wipe cache partition” and by “wipe dalvik cache”.
- Next, from main menu of recovery select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick the firmware file and follow on screen prompts in order to resume the flashing process.
- When done, go to main menu of recovery and select “reboot system now”.
That should be all. Now you can test and use the Sense 8 UI along with other dedicated features and apps on your own HTC One M8. Enjoy and don’t forget about us – share your thoughts with our team and with our readers by using the comments field from down below.