TouchWiz4 Showing Up on ROMs and Mods for Galaxy Ace
Just because an OEM says that a device can’t handle newer software doesn’t mean they’re necessarily right. Okay, more often than not, they aren’t, as devices as old as the G1 have been given Ice Cream Sandwich. It is with this spirit in mind that devices remain alive long after their manufacturers toss them to the wind and keeps older devices looking new until those daunting two year contracts have expired.
This is the case for the Samsung Galaxy Ace. Despite being over a year old and not receiving an official Ice Cream Sandwich update, developers haven’t given up on the device. XDA Recognized Themer spacecaker and XDA Recognized Contributor slaid480 have helped by bringing TouchWiz4 to the Ace.
Despite the projects being separate, they amount to the same goal. For spacecaker, this is being accomplished by building upon the TouchWiz 3 Launcher and then installing it, while deleting the TouchWiz launcher already on the device. The result is a mostly TouchWiz4 experience, giving users a taste of what newer generations of Samsung devices are using. Slaid480 has taken it a step further and is actually building TouchWiz4 into an AOSP ROM, giving users an even more genuine experience by adding TouchWiz applications and themes along with the launcher. In either case, any user looking to try out the newest TouchWiz can’t go wrong.
For more information, download links, and installation instructions head over to spacecake’s TW4 Launcher thread and slaid480’s TW4 ROM thread.
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