Get a taste of Google rendition of Android on the HTC One M8 with the Skydragon Google Play Edition ROM
Out of all the custom OEM skins applied on Android phones by manufacturers, HTC’s Sense stands amongst the top few. However, stock Android manages to trump all custom skins in terms of usability. So, what if you want to experience stock Android Marshmallow on your HTC One M8? That’s where the Skydragon 6.1.0 ROM comes in. The Skydragon ROM is based on the Google Play Edition M8 and offers smooth performance and stellar battery life. Follow this guide to flash the Google Play Edition Skydragon ROM on your HTC One M8:
Before You Begin
Please ensure that the contents of your device have been backed up completely. While the ROM installation procedure doesn’t normally wipe your data, errors can arise which require you to wipe the phone. Better to be safe than sorry. Install HTC USB drivers on your computer from here. Ensure that your HTC One M8 has an unlocked bootloader, and has custom recovery like TWRP or CWM installed. To perform these steps, download Windroid Toolkit. S-Off is not required. Enable USB Debugging on your device from the Developer Options in Settings Charge your device to at least 70 percent.
Files To Download
Skydragon Google Play Edition Version for HTC One M8 Gapps (Choose as per your preference; download Micro for light footprint)
How To Install
Step 1: Download the ROM file and the Gapps Zip and transfer then onto the root of your phone’s storage. In case you have an external SD card, it’s preferable to copy the files there instead.
Step 2: Reboot your phone into Recovery mode. To do this, first power off your HTC One M8 completely. Now, press and hold the Volume down key and then press the Home button to power up the device, but don’t release the Volume down until the bootloader mode appears. Select Recovery boot into recovery.
Step 3: Create a nandroid backup so you have a working ROM installation as backup in case anything goes wrong. To do this, go to Backup and then create a new backup.
Step 4: Next, go to Wipe and select to Wipe Data/Factory Reset. Then go to Advanced Wipe and wipe the System/Data/Cache/Dalvik as well.
Step 5: Go to Install and then navigate to the location where you’ve copied the ROM and Gapps file. Select the ROM file, then add another zip to the queue and select the Gapps file.
Step 6: Finally, initialize the flashing procedure. The installation will take a few minutes and you’ll see some text scrolling down the window as it proceeds.
And that’s it. Once the install completes, reboot your device and you’ll be able to enjoy pure stock Android Marshmallow on your HTC One M8. The initial start can take a few minutes so be patient. To revert your phone back to stock, simply restore the Nandroid backup from Recovery at any point in time.
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