Most Android devices are made unique because of manufacturers' user interface customizations and skins specifically designed for their respective handsets. Samsung, for instance, has TouchWiz. While most users of third-party custom ROMs flash such custom software to avoid manufacturer skins such as TouchWiz, the CodenameSammy instead brings TouchWiz 5 to the Google Nexus 7, which, by default, runs Google's version of pure Android.
XDA Developers member smalldookie created the CodenameSammy ROM for the Nexus 7 based on the Codename Android 3.6 ROM. Check out this video from one of the XDA members who was able to flash this ROM on the Nexus 7:
This guide shows you how to install TouchWiz 5 on the Nexus 7.
The instructions in this guide are intended for use with the Asus Nexus 7. Applying these instructions on another device or model may produce undesired outcomes.
The information in this guide is provided for instructional and educational purposes only. There is no guarantee that these instructions will work under your specific and unique circumstances.
Use these instructions at your own risk. We shall not hold any responsibility or liability for whatever happens to you or your device arising from your use of the info in this guide.
Read and understand the whole guide first before actually performing the instructions.
Asus Nexus 7 with ClockworkMod Recovery installed.
You can use this toolkit to easily flash ClockworkMod Recovery to your tablet.
Backup all personal data on your tablet to make sure you have a copy of your personal data (e.g., contacts, SMS, MMS, Internet settings, Wi-Fi passwords, and the like) in case the procedure in this guide erases such data.
Copy the CodenameSammy 1.2 ROM to your tablet's internal SD card.
Turn off your tablet.
Reboot your tablet to ClockworkMod Recovery. Connect the tablet to the computer via USB cable. Hold down Volume Up, Volume Down, and Power until you see an Android robot lying on its back. Using Volume Down, highlight Recovery mode and select it by pressing Power. After a while, the icon of Android with a red triangle appears. Hold down Power, then press Volume Up to enter Recovery Mode.
Create a NANDroid backup of you current ROM. Go to Backup and Restore and select Backup on the next screen.
Select Wipe data/factory reset and confirm the action on the next screen.
Select Wipe cache partition and confirm the action on the next screen.
Go back to the main menu and select Advanced. From there, select Wipe Dalvik cacheand confirm the action on the next screen.
Select Install ZIP from SD card.
Select Choose ZIP from SD card and locate the CodenameSammy 1.2 ROM ZIP file. Confirm the action on the next screen to flash the ROM to your tablet.
Go back to the main menu and select Reboot system now to reboot your tablet.
Hooray! You have successfully flashed the TouchWiz 5 user interface on your Asus Nexus 7 by flashing the CodenameSammy 1.2 ROM.
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