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Monday, 08 May 2017 13:38

Want to make your Galaxy S8 or S8+ look like a Google Pixel or Pixel XL?

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There’s a way to make your shiny new Galaxy S8 look like a Google Pixel clone without rooting, but why would you want to?

Keen to make your Galaxy S8 or S8+ look like a Google Pixel or Pixel XL?

Well, while it sounds like you purchased the wrong phone, clearly the appeal of Samsung’s tall screens mixed with the Pixel’s stock Android look has its fans and adherents, or no guide to the Pixel S8 Galaxy merger would exist.

Indeed, while there are guardians of Samsung’s S8 Galaxy who would be horrified at any attempt to Pixellate the great Galaxy S8, a new guide by the acclaimed Tom’s Guide website shows you how to do just that.

There is a very simple 23-step guide (actually seven topics with shorter steps within, but ultimately 23 steps) which shows you how you can modify the launcher, messaging app, keyboard, browser, dialler and contacts app, calendar and wallpapers so you can pretend your Galaxy S8 lives in Google’s Pixel galaxy instead.

Indeed, the fact you can so easily so on Android devices highlights the extreme customisability for which Android is hailed.

Trying to do something similar on an iPhone would see you able to change your keyboard, but while you could change your browser, calendar app, messaging app of choice and wallpapers to whatever you wanted, you wouldn’t be able to set them as defaults.

The messaging app also wouldn’t be able to replace iPhone’s stock Messages app for SMS messaging, although use of WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype and other messaging apps is widespread on iOS for data-based messaging fun.

So, if you want to root around with any Android phone and change it around without actually rooting the phone, Tom’s Guide shows you how to do it.

The guide is written for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, but there’s no particular reason why the steps within couldn’t be adapted to pretty much whatever Android phone you wanted.

Here’s the link to the guide at Tom’s Guide again. Enjoy!

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