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How to turn your Nexus 5 into an HTC One (M8)

Zach Epstein
April 16th, 2014 at 1:35 PM
Nexus 5 HTC One M8 ROM

When it comes to hardware, there is nothing on Earth that will help Google’s Nexus 5 approach the HTC One (M8). The LG-built handset is sleek and comfortable, but it doesn’t hold a candle to HTC’s gorgeous flagship smartphone or its 90% metal case. While the Nexus 5’s biggest draw for most users is the near-stock Android software, some may have recently had their interest piqued by the M8’s Sense 6 software and its new design. If that’s the case, there is now a relatively easy way to transform your Nexus 5 into an HTC One (M8).

XDA Developers forum member “GalaxyUser” has managed to create a new Android build that allows people into install HTC’s M8 ROM on any Nexus 5 smartphone. As interesting as that sounds, there are some pretty huge caveats.

First off, this new Sense 6 ROM is a work in progress and there is still plenty of important functionality that is buggy or not working at all yet, such as audio, NFC, GPS and the camera. Anyone familiar with the work of the enthusiasts on the XDA forum, however, knows that these issues should be ironed out fairly quickly.

Also, installing this ROM is obviously a risk and you could end up bricking your phone.

Still interested? All of the files and instructions you need can be found in the XDA Developers forum post linked below in our source section.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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