March 7th, 2013, 04:48 PM
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Re: Carrier replaced stock icons with ugly versions, any way to restore?
Originally Posted by ExtremeNerd
That's called touchwiz. It's a skin Samsung puts on their phones to add value to users. Many of us think stock android is very plain and boring. There are a few steps you can take.
1) Download a custom Launcher (Apex, Nova) and apply a theme
2) Root and flash an AOSP/AOKP ROM.
Option 1 above is easier in the short term.
Option 2 in the long run is a little better, because you can flash customized themes, and a lot of Roms are themed from the get go. Also you will have the ability to actually theme any Rom you are running any way you like.
The best part of rooting is you have control of the device you paid a lot of money for. But with great power comes great responsibility, read, ask questions before you head down the rabbit hole.
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