Get the Entire Google Pixel Experience with One Simple Mod
As if you needed another example of Android's open-source awesomeness, there's already a flashable ZIP that will give you almost all of Google's Pixel-exclusive features on other devices—and the Pixel isn't even officially out yet!
The new boot animation, Pixel Launcher, wallpapers, ringtones, and even more Pixel features can be added to your rooted Android in just a few quick taps.
Google's trying to give the Pixel an edge by adding bonus features that won't be available on other Android devices for quite some time. But thanks to this easy mod, you don't have to wait, nor do you have to purchase a new phone, because you can get the Pixel's best features right now.
This all-in-one flashable ZIP gives you five of the leaked Pixel-exclusive features in one shot. I'll list the features below, but if you're interested in any of these individually, just click the corresponding link to see our full guide for getting that particular feature by itself.
Even if your phone is running Marshmallow, there's a chance that this ZIP won't be compatible with your device. So to make sure you have a fallback plan in case anything goes wrong, you should make a full NANDroid backup first.
To do that, simply tap the "Backup" button from TWRP's main menu, then swipe the slider at the bottom of the screen. It'll take a few minutes, but when it's done, you'll have a restore point to work with. Should you need to restore this backup in the future, just boot into TWRP, tap "Restore," then swipe the slider.
Step 3: Flash the ZIP in Recovery
Next up, tap the home button at the bottom of the screen to head back to TWRP's main menu. From here, press "Install," then navigate to your Download folder, and select the PixelExperience.zip file. After that, just swipe the slider at the bottom of the screen to install the mod, and when that's finished, tap "Reboot System."
Step 4: Try the New Features
As soon as you reboot after applying the mod, you'll notice one of the major changes right up front. If everything went off without a hitch, you'll see the Pixel's brand new boot animation while your phone starts up.
After that, just make sure to set Pixel Launcher as your default home screen when prompted, then you'll be all set to go. The new launcher has tons of cool tweaks, including a wallpaper picker with awesome Google images.
Then, of course, you've got the new dialer with its revamped interface. You'll also find that your system sounds have been updated to the new versions, and the Pixels' ringtones and notification sounds will be added to your existing tones, so it's all new all around.