From the Forums: talking about the all new HTC One M8!


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So we’ve seen the phone officially unveiled for the first time, gone hands-on with it, and even compared it to top competition. Now it’s time to talk about it all over at AndroidForums.com, where tons of healthy discussions are taking place about one of the most intriguing smartphone options of the year.

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Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Sweet, thanks for these. I was able to ask my question. And now I’ll ask it here too in case someone reads this first: The M8 has an SD slot – – but I keep hearing that on Android now it won’t allow the phone to interact with the card. What about this phone, is that SD card slot actually usable or useless right now?

    1. You can store files on it but you can’t install apps on it unless you root and use a specific app that fixes the functionality.

    2. Eh, don’t read that article. They actually recommend to not upgrade to KitKat.

      If you want to have full write permission just root the M8 and install this app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nextapp.sdfix

      If you want knowledge about this topic you can find the most technical background by reading the wisdom from the one and only Chainfire here: http://www.chainfire.eu/articles/113/Is_Google_blocking_apps_writing_to_SD_cards_/

      Note that it’s a year old but this is when the source was committed with the change. It was not until KitKat that OEM’s actually followed this new permission setup.

      Yes if you upgrade it can break apps but just use caution and understand the topic before doing so. KitKat is lovely and faster… the new permissions do make sense and apps will eventually be updated to do what they need. In the end it’s more secure and that is good. You don’t want apps stealing personal data from your SD card. Easy fix too if you root your device and install that app linked above.

      1. the SDFIX from NextApp doesn’t work on the One M8. Rooting the handset is possible for many operators (but the prodecure is complex, installing a lot of other software such as Java SDK and Android SDK and is not for the timid) but even with SuperUser access you still cannot gain write/delete access to the Micro SD card. This fix works for some handsets (e.g. S4) but it requires that you root the handset (voiding manufacturer warranty) and HTC have not stuck to the convention used by other manufacturers for denying apps generalised SD card access which effectively renders the SD card into the next best thing to a ROM.

        This will break probably a few hundred thousand apps, certainly expensive music playing apps such as PowerAmp which expect to be able to write a hidden thumbnails file in directories containing music files or apps that store hidden information files for image folders won’t be able to do that any more and a great many apps that work with images, music, sound files and video files or just expect to be able to perform files operations won’t be able to any more.
        Ultimately it may lead to a tidier and more secure SD card without spurious files dotted around all over the place, but in the short and medium term, it’s a complete disaster.

        They should have done it earlier in Android’s development to be honest (IMO) rather than waiting for there to be an estimated 1.2 million apps in the android eco-system, but equally they really should, this early in the policys’ introduction, enable tech-savvy android users to over-ride it by rooting their device if they choose so to do, cognisant of the risks they are taking.
        Whether you think it’s a smart move or a ridiculous one, the implementation is shocking and HTC haven’t helped matters by making it even harder to revert to expected functionality on the HTC One M8 than on other manufacturers’ handsets.
        It effectively means the 16GB HTC One M8 is a gorgeous and amazing superphone that’s only got around 8GB usable memory for both apps AND data.
        Not exactly a glowing endorsement or incontestable reason to rush out and buy one.

  2. I’m planning to upgrade to a Note 4 — so here is hoping the M8 destroys the GS5 in sales and finally makes Samsung understand it has a design problem.

  3. picked the M8 up yesterday and I’m really happy with it. I had the GN3 and for me the M8 feels a lot nicer in my hands and it’s really smooth. I don’t notice the bezel at all on it when I’m using it but I’m not someone that picks things apart down to that level.

    The GN3 was just a little too big and the iPhone 5(s) was too small but the M8 fits nicely in the middle.

    1. let us know how the camera is focusing on moving people etc

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