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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?

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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.

https://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/Jfltexx_Info

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.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/AOSP

  • 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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