My Galaxy S7 is getting a bit old and tired. The battery lasts about 6 hours. So I decided to do a test with a smaller Android rom.
I downloaded Pixel Experience and got ahead with the pre-reinstallation tasks before changing rom. I updated the backups on Samsung (just to be sure if) and the backup on Gmail. Then I wiped the phone and installed Pixel Experience through TWRP.
I ran into problems at start, two-factor-authentication-SMS messages didn’t get through during the installation so I couldn’t log in to Google. I had to skip it and proceed with the installation. When done I connected my phone to google. I thought it was going to trigger the download of the backup-but it didn’t. It just connected to Google.
I did a couple of tries removing the account and adding it again, clearing the storage for the Google apps… and at the brink of giving up I remembered the good-old-app Quick Shortcut Maker and downloaded it, I did some tests sending different intents to google apps and found finally com.google.apps.pixelmigrate.component.RestoreChoiceActivity. I called it and it triggered the login and backup function.
I wonder why that is not a menu option like in Samsung Cloud, where you can choose what to restore from the backup anytime you want. Or does Android have that possibility and I have just missed it?
Anyhow, I noticed a couple of things after finishing installing the rom and restoring from Google…
- Niantic games didn’t work (even though the rom is not rooted)… but then, Niantic has Root-paranoia (Ignorance leads to fear… Yeah Niantic! All Rooters don’t cheat, and spoofers don’t need root to cheat…just Google it! ).
- I miss Samsung Cloud backup and sync
- Battery lasts way longer using Pixel Experience when not having all the extras Samsung adds to the phone
- I Don’t miss Bixby
- But I do miss Samsung Routines (MacroDroid to the rescue!)
- The phone works wicked fast even though there are some apps running in the background
- It boots really fast!!!
- It has some issues with Shut-down, it resets instead of shutting down (still charging the phone + Vol Down and power solves that problem)
Considering all that… Chances are my next phone will be a Pixel or a phone with very little manufacturer modifications.
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