Sprint HTC One M8 Eye Experience with Android 4.4.4 update rolled out, root achievable with SuperSU

The Eye Software update finally released today by HTC for One M8 and Harman Kardon Edition, shortly after HTC’s Vice President of Product Management – Mo Versi – mentioned that technical approval from Sprint has been obtained. As you may know, this smartphone was reported in early October that will be receiving a new software update to Android 4.4.4 with Eye Experience, despite the fact that the new update was realized a few weeks later.


According to HTC Support, the new software version for Sprint HTC One M8 is 3.30.651.2 and it’s preloaded with the most recent version of KitKat (Android 4.4.4), but that isn’t the big news. The key enhancement is the HTC Eye Experience, which is able to making your selfie routines become more fun, some of the fun-features are Face Tracking, Split Capture, Face Fusion, Voice Selfie, etc.

There are some folks who encountering difficulties when trying to install the official OTA update. Bear in mind, to be able to install the OTA, your phone should run pure stock firmware and stock recovery from HTC, it’s not important whether your phone is unlocked bootloader or S-OFF. A custom recovery like TWRP or CWM Philz Touch won’t be able to assist you to apply the official update.

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Unlike Verizon variants of M8 that will lose root after updating to the latest software, the Sprint variant users likely still remain calm, since in reality, this device has been allowed to unlock the bootloader, officially via HTCDev. They also don’t have to worry about losing root on the Sprint HTC One M8 after Android 4.4.4 update. The superuser might be dropped after updating, but it can be regained again without difficulty.

In case, you wish to take back root after installing the Android 4.4.4 Experience Eye on Sprint HTC One M8, here we summarize it for you:

Before you begin, make sure your phone now running stock ROM from HTC, and also you’ve enable all disabled apps.

  1. Since custom recovery can’t deal with official OTA update, we need to flash a stock recovery from HTC, but before flashing ensure the stock recovery is made for your current software version.
  2. Take the OTA update.
  3. Flash the TWRP or CWM again, it need unlocked bootloader device.
  4. Flash Chainfire SuperSU via custom recovery.
  5. Open the SuperSU app to set up the binaries and you’re ready now.


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