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I have recently bought a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge from China, and there are no Google apps, and I still find a lot of text in chinese (yes I changed the language), and the apps still contain chinese. I was wondering if there was any way to install a US or European ROM on it. The model is SM-G9350. Thanks in advance!

P.S. I've never dabbled in installing ROMs or even rooting my phones but I'm a very quick learner. Also, I don't mind if the ROM isn't official, I do plan on rooting the phone eventually.

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About Device screenshot

https://i.stack.imgur.com/W9bvi.jpg

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European/US ROMs have to be ported in order to work, but there isn't one that I know of, since the majority of us Chinese value Samsung Pay heavily, and with a non-stock ROM Samsung Pay capability is bombed.

However, at the same time, the G9350 variant is also sold in Hong Kong, which has GAPPS, is more internationalized (presumably with English), and with no hardware difference. You could try out one of its factory firmwares by flashing it via Odin. Brief guidance is on the download page.

EDIT: I've seen your screenshot - from the baseband version, it's quite obvious that your device is not a G9350 - rather, a G935V (Verizon variant) flashed with ported G9350 firmware (see what I said about ported firmwares?). In this case you need to go with G935V factory firmwares.

  • Thanks a lot! I'm gonna try this out and come back with the results. – Blackthorn Jan 18 '17 at 14:35
  • I tried it and ODIN doesn't manage to flash it onto the phone, it fails at recovery.img for some reason. – Blackthorn Jan 22 '17 at 18:21
  • I should also specify that I can't find "OEM unlock" in developer settings so I don't believe it's unlocked. – Blackthorn Jan 22 '17 at 18:21
  • @Blackthorn Odin shouldn't respect unlock status. The absent of that option, however, is a bad signal. Can you still power it on now, and if yes, please get a screenshot of Settings-AboutPhone and edit it into the question? – Andy Yan Jan 22 '17 at 23:48
  • I've edited the question to reflect your update. The absence of OEM unlocking is also a trait of G935V since it has a locked bootloader. – Andy Yan Jan 24 '17 at 23:53

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