Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have enough hardware that can be used in the modern Android World. But the problem is due to Smausng old OS; you will notice some lag issues. Samsung May does not roll out their One UI Pie 9.0 to S7 devices. If you want to taste Pie 9.0 version, you can do this by flashing Custom ROM. Custom ROM flash require root access. So, after rooting, you can use any Custom ROM that is compatible with your mobile. In this list, Lineage and Pixel Experience ROMs have official ROMs. Means, your mobile will receive regular patch updates and Free from Major bugs like Camera and Mobile Network issues. Pixel Experience ROM supports all Payment apps, including Google Pay and Google Tez. It also has all Pixel apps. So, In My Opinion, this ROM comes in my mind, when you ask which ROM is better for Samsung Galaxy S7.
Why should you flash Official Pixel Experience Pie 9.0 on Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge?
We are thanks for the Hard work of Pixel Experience OS team and Maintainer Luke Williams. Without this team, this method is not possible. Your mobile has 4 GB of RAM. It is more than enough for normal usage and heavy usage too. The problem is Samsung stopped Security patch updates and major upgrades for Your mobile; Coming to CPU- Your mobile has a Flagship level Exynos 8890 Octa Processor. Again coming to OS, TouchWiz OS is old and can feel laggy. If you are a one who feels lag issues, you can use this official Pixel Experience ROM. It is near the Stock Android with a lot of features.
If we optimize correctly with correct OS after rooting, we can see some Improvements. So, after rooting, I can expect Lag free experience? Probably. Also, if we hibernate and eliminate a lot of unwanted apps and optimize some apps, your device is hardware limited. But, within these limits, we can enhance the performance by 30-40% compared with your old usage. If you use Pixel Experience Custom ROMs, you can expect a 50-80% improvement in performance.
How to Install Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Pixel Experience Pie 9.0 Official ROM
Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge Exynos version comes with a flexible bootloader other than Verizon devices. Verizon devices come with locked Bootloader. This means that different smartphone variants can be easily rooted. Also, the device can accept to install TWRP recovery or any other custom recovery file/app alike.
TWRP recovery is a custom recovery file which must be installed on your devices because you can root them successfully. In this article, we explained the easiest method to follow and install TWRP recovery on Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. However, the tool required for rooting this device is the Magisk App.
With the help of TWRP Recovery, you can quickly flash the latest version of Pixel Experience ROM into your S7 Edge. Before sharing the tutorial, you may want to know that, with the TWRP recovery present on your device, you can easily install any custom ROM or firmware. Does it seem complicated? Relax, everything will be explained succinctly in bullets. If you didn’t root your mobile, Refer- Root Samsung Galaxy S7 / Root Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
Find your Processor
- Install CPU Hardware app in your mobile. Go to CPU and Note down your Architecture. Only Exynos Processor mobiles will support this official ROM. Don’t flash on Snapdragon variants.
Things to check out for;
Check your device model number.
- Should have TWRP installed in your mobile.
Make sure your device battery is charged above 50%
Backup your current files and data, just in case (save them on external storage using TWRP Backup).
Enable USB Debugging Mode and OEM Unlock in your mobile. To do this; go to settings >>> about >>> Tap on the “Build Number” 7-10 times consistently to enable “Developer Options,” then go to the “Developer Options” and enable USB Debugging Mode and OEM Unlock. There is no complicated process in Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
Download Pixel Experience Pie 9.0 and copy it in your Mobile SD Card.
Flash Pixel Experience ROM using TWRP
- Switch off your device. Then, enter into Recovery mode. To do this; press and hold down the Volume Up+ Home+ Power buttons at the same time for some time.
Press the Volume Up button to continue when you see the warning message.
- Now it Will Boot into TWRP Recovery Mode.
- Select Wipe->Advance Wipe->Select Cache, Dalvik, System Data. System Data will delete all files including your Current OS.
- Return to Home of TWRP select Install.
- Select Pixel Experience ROM.Zip.
- After the Installation Reboot Your Mobile.
- We have successfully Installed Pixel Experience ROM on our mobile.
Regarding Gapps For Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
Google Apps Called Gapps. That are Pre-Installed on All Android Mobiles. Google apps are Gmail, Google Maps, Play Store, YouTube, Google+, Search, Google Docs, Google Music, etc. These Gapps are not Pre-Installed With Custom ROMs Like CyanogenMod and others, Due to Some License Problems. All the Gapps Applications are the Property of Google. There is no Re-modification in the Gapps. If you flash other Custom ROMs, you should flash Gapps separately. But in Pixel Experience, they come as In-Built apps.
Considerable Pixel Experience ROM Pie 9.0 Features
There are a lot of features added in this Custom ROM. Here I mentioned some Important features.
- Android Pie 9.0 Stock Android ROM with System-Wide Color options available. Dark, Grey themes are also available.
- We have optimized Recent apps Switcher.
- Volume Rocker contains Silent/Vibrate/Mute Options with Easy adjustable navigation.
- Notification enhanced. Instead of replying to a single message, now you can reply to the whole conversation.
- Lock Screen Visualizer for music.
- New Set of Emoji.
- Notification light can be configured with a lot of colors.
- Google Camera app, All Banking apps, and Payment apps will work without any issues.
- Digital Wellbeing- Optimize your time with Social Network interaction.
- Adaptive Battery- Better Battery optimization.
- Improved Gesture navigation compared with the Oreo version and most of the features available in Pixel devices.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are Flagship level Mobile; We can expect Some Improvement. But, If you use Pixel Experience Custom Roms, you can expect a considerable performance Improvement and Clear UI. So, If you have little knowledge in rooting, flash, and can feel lag, you can flash Pixel Experience Custom ROM. If you flash other Custom ROM, check what is working and what is not working. It is wise to use Some Official Custom ROMs like Lineage or Pixel Experience.
Selva Kumar is an Android Devices Enthusiast, Who Can Talk and Write About Anything If You Give a Hint About the respective devices. He is a Computer Science Graduate, Making His Career towards this Technology. He is always eager to try new Android devices — not only Software level but Hardware-level Also. Beyond this, He is a Good Swimmer, Guitarist.