I've tried installing CyanogenMod on my Samsung Galaxy S3 device.

I was amazed by its smoothness and speed, but I've missed some of the apps of the official Samsung ROM, such as the camera, the keyboard, and the contacts list.

I've tried installing them using the recovery mod (like installing a zipped ROM), but it didn't work.

Is it possible to install Samsung apps on vanilla roms (like CyanogenMod) on my device? If so, how?

I also wonder if a similar thing can be done on other devices (like installing HTC apps on and HTC device which has a vanilla ROM installed in it).

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    Theoretically, one should be able to side-load them. But as those manufacturers often use their own frameworks, those apps might fail without the frameworks being installed as well. And with those frameworks installed, you might again lose at least some of the smoothness...
    – Izzy
    May 11, 2013 at 12:25
  • so, in the unknown future, i'm bound to choose between new empty-from features vanilla version of android and an old samsung version ? this is quite annoying. i thought that i can have both. no wonder some people prefer nexus, at least the get the same features no matter what they do. May 11, 2013 at 14:08
  • I didn't say you cannot have both. I never tried, it could be possible as I wrote. Moreover, there might be custom ROMs available which have that combination already -- see Where can I find stock or custom ROMs for my Android device? for where they might be found.
    – Izzy
    May 11, 2013 at 14:36
  • do you know of such a thing? May 11, 2013 at 15:35
  • Not for Samsung (I never owned a Samsung phone), but I remember from the HTC Wildfire that there were such Custom-ROM compilations in all directions -- from minimalistic (AOSP and no bloatware, e.g. CyanogenMod or OpenFire) to absolutely "sense-ified" (e.g. WildPuzzle). So I'm pretty sure the same is valid for other major manufacturers' devices.
    – Izzy
    May 11, 2013 at 15:47

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Unfortunately, it's not possible. Those apps rely on parts of the TouchWiz framework to operate. No TouchWiz, no apps. The only way would be to install a custom TouchWiz based rom. It would give you some of the performance improvements of CyanogenMod but with access to the Samsung apps.

  • is it possible then to install the touchwiz framework on CyanogenMod? May 12, 2013 at 7:40
  • Nope, unfortunately not.
    – Darcon
    May 12, 2013 at 15:49
  • this is quite disappointing . i really liked some of samsung's apps, yet i don't like the rest and i really like the smoothness of CM and the low space it uses. there isn't even one app of samsung's rom that can be installed on vanilla roms? May 12, 2013 at 17:34

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