After waiting for a long time, the Android 4.4.3 update for Verizon HTC M8 finally released on September 10th. You might be wondering why Verizon doesn’t neglect this software version (4.4.3), as is done by its competitors Samsung Galaxy S5, which directly obtain an Android 4.4.4 update. But it is not a big problem, since the 4.4.4 version does not bring a new experience, it’s only delivered Google security patches related to OpenSSL vulnerability.
For Android enthusiasts and developers, the Android 4.4.3 update for Verizon HTC M8 could be a nightmare, since Weaksauce and Firewater can’t be used. These two utilities are extremely helpful for HTC users, the weaksauce will help you get root access by simply installing an app, while the Firewater is able to make your phone’s bootloader unlocked plus gain S-OFF. Engineers at HTC seems to have managed to find and shut down the vulnerabilities that were previously used by the both tools.
In addition to bringing the updated version of KitKat, the ROM version 2.21.605.2 also brings several enhancements such as Extreme Power Saving modes, improved mobile hotspot and Bluetooth connectivity, and of course Google security patches. This update will also address some of the problems you often encounter like force closes camera, LED notification, etc.
Regain root, unlocking bootloader and S-OFF Verizon HTC One M8 runs Android 4.4.3
The majority of users is now faced with two difficult choices, accept the VZW HTC One M8 update to Android 4.4.3 but lost root, or stay with the older firmware. But this time you do not need to decide on one of them, as a new tool has been released, it’s called Sunshine, which is a utility that lets you to gain S-OFF and unlock the bootloader on modern HTC devices, thanks to Jcase and the team.
Actually, the Sunshine tool is not a new thing, this utility was released a few months ago and has been successfully tested on several HTC phones such as the M7, E8, One X, One Remix, One Mini M4, and several others. The devs just update it to version 2.0 which supports the Verizon variant of the HTC One M8, most likely due to the large demand for new tools since the Weaksauce and Firewater have been patched.
However, unlike the other utilities, you have to pay to be able to use Sunshine, $25 per device payable via PayPal. We think it’s quite fair, considering the costs to develop SunShine utility which have sacrificed several test phones. Not only that, the devs also provide support via IRC chat, which will help you to regain root on Verizon HTC M8 running Android 4.4.3 KitKat in less than 5 minutes. Head to Jcase thread on xda forums to get the Sunshine.