A simple add-on turns the Samsung Galaxy Nexus into a Galaxy S III

A simple add-on turns the Samsung Galaxy Nexus into a Galaxy S III
“Made for humans, inspired by nature.” This is what defines the Samsung Galaxy S III’s design and user interface, and while we’re not all that crazy about the design, the user interface seems to be lighter, less taxing on the system and generally pleasant with its watery sounds and effects. And now there’s an easy way to transplant that experience to Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus.

XDA Developers senior member “madphone” compiled all of the various hacks into a single package that will port a lot of the S3-specific apps to your G Nexus. Here’s what you get with this:
It should work on the most popular ICS mods like CyanogenMod 9 Nightlies and AOKP. You’d need one of those ROMs first before installing this add-on.

The best thing about the add-on is the developer commitment behind it as just in the last couple of days it’s been updated several times to fix the initial bugs. Check out the video below to see the add-on in action and hit the source for instructions on installing.

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1. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Pretty neat if you ask me.

2. thethird92

Posts: 10; Member since: May 15, 2012

This is cool..

3. devilfisch

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I tried flashing this into my Galaxy Tab with a CM9 nightly. I knew it could be risky but I did it anyway. It worked with my pixel density set at 240 but I can't get the weather widget to work. :( The additional apps could be useful though and the icons are pretty so I'm keeping it. :)

4. ekia007

Posts: 61; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Flash means I have to delete all the data on the phone and I will no longer receive official update from Google. Is that correct? Please help me with this folks.

5. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

To root your phone, yes the process will wipe your phone, so you'd want to save your data. You will also not receive the official update from Google. This isn't much of an issue however, as most of the good ROM developers are way ahead of the official updates, integrating them into their ROMs very quickly.

6. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

When you root your phone you don't lose any of your data at all...I don't know who told you that. When you flash a custom from you have to wipe so the ROM is written properly. You can flash certain add ons without having to wipe and you can also sometimes update rooms without wiping.

9. ervman1

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

This isn't always the case. A lot of times when you root your phone is erased. Have you tried "rooting" the nexus series? I say "root" because it's very easy to do so and enabled as a developer feature by Google but when you do so, everything is erased.

12. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

and how many times have you rooted phones. Ive rooted many of my friends phones and never once have i had to restore the phone, nor has the action been prompted. Phones do not get erased when you root them, all youère really doing is installing superuser, which allows those actions. and flashing a recovery does not reset a phone either. Also there is a way to root the GNex without resetting it.

7. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

Why would anyone want to put TouchWiz on a stock ICS phone?

8. Shubham412302

Posts: 582; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

i installed this addon on my s plus and it is really awesome

10. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 278; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

do all of the S Voice functions work with this addon? I have S Voice installed on my GNexus but only about half the commands work. It will force close if it wont do the command.

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