Give your Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ a Google Pixel (XL) feel with this Guide – No Rooting Required

It can be hard to convince a current Google Pixel or Pixel XL user to make the switch to the new Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+.

One major reason behind many people’s preference for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL over the likes of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ is the software experience. Where the former group gives you pure Android experience with no customizations, the latter group has Samsung’s own tweaks running on top of the stock Android OS from Google.

On the contrary, one thing that current Google Pixel and Pixel XL users will definitely be envious about the Galaxy S8 and S8+ is the beautiful design and Infinity Display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The phones also pack the latest hardware in the shape of Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 chipset, 4GB or 6GB of RAM and an impressive 64GB or 128GB of expandable storage.

Samsung has also equipped some of the latest technologies, including iris scanning and facial recognition – features that you won’t find in the stock Android-based Google Pixel and Pixel XL – and probably not even the upcoming Google Pixel 2 handsets. Of course, the Pixel 2 will ship with the latest hardware specs like the S8, but you may have to wait for months before the phone is released.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Google Pixel

If you can’t wait for the release of the Google Pixel 2, well, you can grab the new Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ and tweak the appearance in order to give it a pure Android feel, just like what it feels like using a Google Pixel or Pixel XL phone. Of course, Sammy fans won’t like this idea, but Pixel and even Nexus fans will for sure welcome it.

Folks down at Tom’s Guide have put together a guide with simple steps on how to make this happen. Apparently, you can tweak the Galaxy S8 launcher, keyboard, messaging app, browser, calendar, dialer and contacts app or even the wallpapers and end up with an S8 that looks and feels more like a Google Pixel or Pixel XL phone than a Samsung phone. It gets even better as this whole thing doesn’t need you to root your Galaxy S8 or S8+.

Even though the guide has been written with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ users in mind, it’s possible that it can be used to give other Android devices the same treat thanks to the extreme customizability of Android OS. You can check out the official guide on Tom’s Guide by hitting the source link below.

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