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Is it possible to remove the TouchWiz UI and have the phone behave like the vanilla Android UI?

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There's a somewhat similar question about replacing HTC's Sense UI here that may be informative since the concepts are similar. Do you want to remove TouchWiz completely (all its apps, widgets, etc) or just replace the launcher/homescreen application? –  eldarerathis Nov 24 '11 at 13:48
    
I want to replace the launcher/homescreen but also dialer, notification widget, apps and so on. By "stock-ui" I mean "nexus" phone. I am aware that it may not be completely possible atm. –  michelemarcon Nov 24 '11 at 14:04
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it will really depend on your device. If there is a 3rd party custom ROM out that is stock and works for your device. For example, I run CyanogenMod on my Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant, which is the stock UI. I no longer have any of the touchwiz ui. –  Ryan Conrad Nov 24 '11 at 14:27
    
What specific phone? There's several ROMs for captivate that have the android launcher. –  Chance Dec 16 '11 at 17:14
    
I'm interested on the Galaxy S Plus (GT-i9001) –  michelemarcon Dec 21 '11 at 8:28
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It's impossible to root out TouchWiz without modifying the Samsung source code to remove and replace it; it's heavily embedded in the OS. This would be a massive effort and I don't believe anyone's done it. The only alternative is a ROM built from stock in the first place, such as Cyanogen as Ryan mentioned.

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