PortedAPP lets you run select OEM-specific apps on just about any Android handset

by: Andrew GrushMay 15, 2014
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Part of the magic of Android is the level of choice we are presented with as users, not only on the hardware front but when it comes to software as well. Want stock or near-stock Android? Devices like the Nexus 5 give you that option, as do custom ROMs and a few other branded handsets. For those that want Samsung’s additions, there’s the Galaxy family with its TouchWiz-laden ROM. The list goes on, but you probably get the idea.

For those that are interested in some of the OEM-specific apps and features but not so interested in picking up their hardware, you might want to take a look at PortedAPP, a new app from XDA forum member APP-Maker. Basically this app is a collection of APKs that give you access to special apps from Samsung, Sony, Nokia, MIUI and even CyanogenMod.

Now it’s important to note that not every app is ported, and the number of existing apps is currently limited. As an example, under Nokia you’ll find the Store app and under Sony you’ll find the Gallery, Sony’s Car mode, Sony’s File Manager and the Sony Reader. Samsung apps include the Galaxy Launcher, S Baro, Samsung’s alarm app, and S Voice.

To learn more about PortedAPP you’ll want to head on over to XDA’s website. You’ll also need to enable 3rd party app sources to download the PortedApp APK. For those that are wary of running apps found outside of Google Play, the app seems to very much be legit based on our time with it, but as always, you’ll probably want to proceed with caution and at your own risk.

  • “For those that are weary of running apps found outside of Google Play”

    That should be “wary”, just saying. :D

  • KingofPing

    What I’d really like is framework portability.

    Choice? You bet. Want Sense Quick Settings Tiles/functionality on that Samsung device? Done.

    Want the Samsung HEQS on your LG? Okie dokie, smokie.

    (I’m talking only about the look/functional stuff, not the actual hardware functionality)

    • Good idea, but it’d be a pain in the average human’s lower back to do that. :)

      • KingofPing

        Heh…never said it’d be easy; just that I’d love it.

        (I’d also love a Tesla Model S…but that ain’t happenin’ any time soon either)

  • kcocymkcus

    nice :)

    • A Human

      Had same thing it’s definitely doing something naughty in the background, removed!

  • The Muffin Man

    If the walkman app was available on all phones that’d be great….

    • Dark_Laser

      I came here just to say that. The only app I’m interested in is Walkman. Sony’s visualizers are crazy!

    • vkv

      After using a sony device(xperia m) and now d moto g….i want d walkman app very badly!

  • thartist

    WTF is that Gingerbread UI? :D

  • WitnessG

    I can’t get over how ugly that ui is.

  • Mohammed Azoz

    can i replace the TauchWiz completely or just some Drawing here and there would only change ?!

    • The Breaker

      If you want to replace your TouchWiz (which i highly recommend), just root and mod your phone :D

      • Mohammed Azoz

        will do :) But not in my main phone :P …

  • APP -Maker

    Hi , i made an new Update with that you can download and install HTC APPS, more CyanogenMod , and the new Sony Walkman !
    XDA Forum Link :
    XDA Article
    Downloads :

  • APP -Maker

    I am making an update : http://ow.ly/x1gTK With that you have Sony walkman , HTC laucher , and the new Sony Album , and new CyanogenMod APP´s !

  • APP -Maker

    i made an new Version :D http://ow.ly/x5SWk


    Hi I done a video on PortedAPP.Walkman has been added.Awesome app.Highly recommend.