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I was using the stock Samsung ROM on my Samsung S2 i9100. Changed over to Siyah Kernel and then made the leap to CyanogenMod 9.

Although I prefer and appreciate the myriad settings and usability of CM, there are a couple of issues where I preferred the functionality of the stock ROM:

  1. The phone.apk - not just the dialer, but the incoming call screen and the large size buttons to answer a call or to bring up the keypad etc. I know I can use an alternate dialer like DialerOne or dwContacts but that doesn't help me to change the incoming call screen.

  2. Pressing the physical home button to answer a call. There are times when it's exceedingly difficult to use the onscreen slider and a press to answer the call is far easier.

  3. FM Radio - although Spirit Radio works as an alternative.

For items 1&2, can I overwrite the existing phone.apk and contacts.apk with the previous ones that I have backed up using Titanium Backup to return this functionality?

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The answer is usually "No." The framework changes introduced with manufacturers' UI overlays (Samsung's TouchWiz in the case of your Galaxy S II) most likely make the stock apps like Phone, Contacts, Calendar, etc. incompatible with custom ROMs like CyanogenMod ROM that are based on AOSP (Android Open Source Project).

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Would you know of some way to restore similar functionality @Chahk? –  Sparx Oct 16 '12 at 15:49
    
Not off the top of my head. Although I imagine there are many 3rd-party apps out there that would help with customizing the incoming call screen. –  Chahk Oct 16 '12 at 16:08
    
Have tried some, not all. Don't work reliably per my experience. –  Sparx Oct 16 '12 at 16:31
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