The pure Android OS is great because it is light, free from bloatware and extremely fast. By default, the pure Android software is pre-loaded only on Google branded devices (such as the new Google Pixel lineup) while the other OEMs are installing, above the stock Android platform, its own UI. So, in that respect, if you want to enjoy a Pixel-like experience on your Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge now you can use a dedicated custom ROM system.
So, what can you obtain by following this dedicated step by step guide? You can customize and optimize the Galaxy S7 Edge system so that you can, in the end, run on a custom ROM firmware which is based on the stock software that powers the Google Pixel smartphone. So, you will get rid of your current bloatware and everything that’s related with the Samsung own UI. Your Edge will run without dealing with built-in apps that cannot be removed and will be acting more like a Google branded device.
And since the Google Pixel Edition ROM is a custom firmware, the update will be coming with features, apps and capabilities that cannot be found on the default Android OS. The software is also debloated, pre-loaded with SuperSU, deknoxed, loaded with battery tweaks and prepared for further customization options. Basically, with this Nougat features OS your Galaxy S7 Edge should run better and faster while you enjoy an upgraded battery life.
The software is stable and will smoothly run on your phone. However, I still recommend you a Nandroid backup before doing anything else. In this way you can save the current Android system and use it afterwards if the Google Pixel based ROM will not run as expected – thus, you can avoid further unpleasant situations easily.
You can complete this update operation only if your Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is rooted and install with a custom recovery image. These operations aren’t optional – with root you will unlock the internal Android system that runs on your handset while the custom recovery image will be used on the actual update process.
All these operations (including the update one explained during this tutorial) are unofficial procedures that can’t be related with Samsung or with Google. The Google Pixel custom ROM for the Galaxy S7 Edge is developed by third party devs and represents a free aftermarket distribution of the default Android ROM. Thus, you will lose your phone’s warranty if you will complete this guide. Moreover, afterwards you won’t be able to receive further OTAs on your Galaxy S7 Edge unless you first go back to stock by using Odin.
A backup is also more than recommended when talking about custom ROMs. You see, an unofficial update can be flashed only if first the system is wiped out – I will show you how to erase everything below, so don’t worry. So, during this wipe your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files and so on will be removed. The same thing might happen with the internet settings, the EFS folder or with the IMEI / NVRAM data. Therefore, backup everything by using your favorite backup and restore methods.
Then, make sure you can use a device where to download the required files – a computer or a notebook. Make sure that on your Galaxy S7 Edge you have developer options enabled (from “menu – settings – about phone” tap repeatedly on Built Number) as the USB Debugging option must be now checked – you can check this option from “menu – settings – developer options”. An essential thing is to ensure enough battery life on your phone – if your device will get switched off while you try to install the Google Pixel custom ROM various software related problems can be issued. Thus, if required (if the power is lower than 50%) plug in the charger before doing anything else.
How to Update Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge with Google Pixel Edition custom ROM Firmware
- Power on your computer or your notebook. Go to this page and download the Google Pixel firmware package. Then, from here download compatible Google Apps.
- Save these files on desktop. Then, connect your smartphone with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
- Now, transfer the downloaded files from desktop to your handset. When done, unplug the USB cord – the computer is no longer required.
- Power off your smartphone; wait while the shut down process is completed and then reboot recovery mode on your Galaxy S7 Edge.
- From recovery remember to wipe everything – just select the following options: “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache”.
- Next, from main menu of recovery, select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
- Load the Google Pixel custom ROM package and the Google Apps package.
- Follow on screen prompts and resume the installation process.
- When done, go back to main menu of recovery. From there choose “Reboot system now”.
The Google Pixel Edition ROM is now running on your Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Test the new Nougat based firmware and note down your observations. Of course, do share your thoughts and your experience with us and with our readers by using the comments field from down below.