There is a way to get the Google Play edition without having to pay $700
It has only been a few weeks since the HTC One has been out in the markets and it is already winning over hearts. Its beautiful aluminum body is a unibody shell which packs inside Snapdragon 801 chipset and a dual-camera setup. And quite evidently, it features the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS along with the latest HTC Sense 6.0 user interface.
The HTC One M8 has already received a Google Play Edition which has alreayd become official and it is slightly more expensive than the original version; in fact it costs even more than the unlocked One M8 Developer Edition. For those out there who dont want to spend $700 for the dedicated GPe or those who are stuck with the basic M8 version due to their carrier, they still have a way of getting their Google Play Edition. But before you proceed, you need to know that you will have to erase the entire internal storage (NAND). For this, you will have to bypass HTC's security with a special tool. The next step in line is to unlock the bootloader which is going to flash a custom ROM. Though this procedure is complicated, there is a step by step guide to aid in the entire procedure.