The HTC One has been S-OFF’d. A special thanks to a tip by developer extraordinaire and Team D.I.R.T. member Mazda. Android is totally getting cool points for this one.
The procedure, though tried by many and failed by just as many, was achieved by MobileTechVideos.com, a company that specializes in rooting phones and selling accessories. They posted a picture on their Facebook page:
of their success. We applaud their feat, and hope to see this coming soon to an HTC One near you.
Let me go ahead and burst a couple of bubbles here though…
You see, MobileTechVideos.com sells their services, at a pretty hefty price as well. To put it in perspective, root and a custom rom for the HTC Nexus One (Not the HTC One Xexus or some unreleased device, the original Nexus, people) costs $30.00, plus shipping I’m sure. Mind you, there are NO guides on how to do this at the moment, so that means that while MobileTechVideos.com takes your money for those who aren’t willing to wait, another developer (for the love of the Android community and not money, this time) will have to risk his device tooth and nail like MTV had to (although, seeing as how they are a company, a bricked device here and there is not that bad to them) in order for us to enjoy this luxury.
In my opinion, if you are willing to pay for S-OFF, you don’t deserve it. You don’t know what it’s like, sitting there purposely bricking your HTC device, praying to God that nothing goes wrong in the process and asking the Android Deities to have mercy on your technological soul. It’s like a greek organization, you didn’t go through our process, you didn’t share the experience, why should we turn the other cheek knowing that we risked $700 worth of technology (some of us uninsured through our carrier) to experience more while you payed like the rich kid on the block.
So, do I agree with MTV’s practices? No! However, I’m going to take the “Glass half full” approach and celebrate the fact that this is possible. May someone with true Android spirit come along and guide the path, without the fee involved. That isn’t to say that the Android community isn’t generous, so don’t be surprised if Paypal requests start showing up, it’s just a fact. We respect hard work, and some of us go so far as to reward it because we know the risk you took came from a genuine place.
So, HTC One S-OFF isn’t for sale just yet (burns my fingers to even type that), but it should be very soon. For those of you who wish to use this service, be on the lookout.
All that I have said in this post, what do you think? Comment below.