Turn your Galaxy Nexus into a Galaxy S3-like device with a simple add-on (video)

May 29, 2012
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    The independent developers community has really had a field day with the Galaxy S3’s software, although Sammy’s flagship is yet to be made available to the wide public. The device’s official ROM has been leaked more than a week ago, the S3 has been rooted even earlier, the first custom ROM has appeared almost instantly after, the S Voice app was made to work with non-S3 devices and, finally, the TouchWiz UX launcher was ported to the Galaxy S2.

    That’s some very impressive work from modders and hackers already, but that’s not all that has been done with S3’s software. XDA Senior Member madphone has put together a very cool Galaxy Nexus Add-on, that ports many S3-specific features to the device released in November 2011.

    If you own a Galaxy Nexus and have already flashed a custom ROM on your phone, you shouldn’t miss this software package, especially if you are craving the S3. Among the features made to work with this add-on, there’s, of course, the TouchWiz UX launcher, the S Voice app, but also Galaxy S3 sounds, the Memo app, a bunch of Live Wallpapers, the Apollo Music Player, and the Power-Button Menu theme.

    The add-on is reported to work like a charm on CyanogenMod 9 Nightlies (based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich), but it also works on several other ROMs and on AOKP (Android Open Kang Project). If, however, you don’t have a custom software package already flashed on your G Nex, you should first pick such a ROM (CM9 is our strong recommendation) and then install the add-on.

    As you might imagine, there are a few bugs and glitches reported by some users who’ve tried the add-on for size, but in most cases the Nexus runs very smoothly and looks a lot like a Galaxy S3 (without the unbelievable hardware, of course). Also, the add-on has already been updated four times (in less than six days), so most of the original glitches have been fixed.

    What are you guys waiting for? Head on over to the XDA-Developers forum, check out the installing instructions and the user comments and then go ahead and download the Galaxy Nexus add-on. Madphone promises you will end up with a phone that is “inspired by nature and made for robots”, so you should at least give it a quick spin, don’t you think? And if you’re still not convinced this add-on is worth a try, check out the video below:

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