Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/166791/how-to-turn-any-android-phone-into-a-stock-android-phone/
Google is now selling stock Android editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One in addition to the Nexus 4, featuring Google’s software without the usual manufacturer customizations. You can get a more stock Android-like experience on your existing phone, too.
This article appears to be right up my street. My interest in making my new phone "stock" is because the mfr's 4.1 implementation includes a lot of Chinese language content that persists after changing the default language setting to English.
There is a valid reason for this. I bought my Xiaomi 2s phone in China, where I currently reside. I have nothing against the Chinese language or Xiaomi.
Being new to Android, I would like to know if the installation process in the article (excluding the ROM flashing) is likely to solve the language issues. Also, is the process reversible if I first disable apps without uninstalling them?
Does anybody know how I can customize the notification area?
I have a Samsung Droid Charge (SCH-I510. The contract just expired and I was thinking of getting a new phone, but I do not want to lose my unlimited data plan with Verizon. I would love to see an article on how to upgrade my phone from 2.3.6 to 4.0 or 4.2.
About Google Keybaord:
Best of all, it can be installed on Android 4.0...
Doesn't seem to be correct. I can't install it on 4.1.2 (Samsung Note 2).
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