The Android OS that comes with the Samsung S4 has quite a few unwanted extras. The Android OS that comes with the Nexus 5 is quite slim and I prefer its interface.

Is it possible to replace the OS running on the Samsung S4 with the Nexus-flavoured android?


Yes; The Nexus Android is closer to AOSP which is a minimal OS all the other Android distributions are built on. You probably want CM though as it's the most popular pre built ROM for your device.


Also unlike the Samsung ROM, CM gets security updates every month and unlike Samsung will continue to for older devices like the S2, S3, etc.


  • Do note that, by default, CM comes with a different launcher (Trebuchet), making the UI slightly different from current Nexus devices. Get Google Now Launcher if you want a somewhat better emulation of the looks. – Andy Yan Nov 22 '16 at 0:26
  • @Andy, yes but no one really wants that. – user1133275 Nov 22 '16 at 0:28

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