Samsung launched its latest flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S8 earlier this year along with the Galaxy S8 Plus. However, one of the downsides of the Samsung S8 is that it does not run the Stock version of Android. Instead, the S8 is launched with Samsung’s TouchWiz OS out of the box. TouchWiz is the smartphone OS designed specifically by Samsung for its devices.
TouchWiz OS currently running on the Samsung Galaxy S8 is based on the latest version of Android Nougat 7.0. Besides the features of Nougat, TouchWiz also comes with a lot of additional features and apps. However, these are not always useful and sometimes carrier specific Samsung devices come with pre installed apps and bloatware.
If you prefer to have the Stock version of Android running on your phone instead of the TouchWiz OS, you can always root your Samsung S8 and install Custom ROMs. Custom ROMs are created by developers and are based on the stock version of Android. Unlike TouchWiz, these do not come with bloatware and you can customize and modify them based on your preference.
In order to install Custom ROMs on your Samsung Galaxy S8 Snapdragon variant, you have to first root your device and install a Custom Recovery like TWRP through which you will be flashing the ROM. Follow our guide here to root your S8 and install TWRP.
Once you have successfully rooted your Samsung S8, you can now flash your favorite Custom ROM. To help you in making the decision, here is a list of 5 Best Custom ROMs for Samsung Galaxy S8.
5 Best Custom ROMs for Samsung Galaxy S8 (Snapdragon)
1. Batman ROM
Much like the name, Batman ROM is one of the coolest ROMs available for the Samsung Galaxy S8. This is built with the same TouchWiz OS design of Samsung, However, it supports a lot of additional mods and features than the Original version of TouchWiz. Some of the customization options include Clock position change, adding RAM bar in recents menu etc. The Batman ROM also comes with the latest July Security patch.
2. Nemesis ROM
Nemesis ROM is one of the First ROMs ever developed for the Samsung Galaxy S8. It gives a minimal look to your S8 and is significantly faster than the TouchWiz OS. It is currently running on the latest version of Android Nougat along with the latest security patch updates. Some of the interesting features of Nemesis ROM include call recording button in dialer, bloatware and unnecessary apps removed and floating message notifications. It was most recently updated on May 18th.
3. Project Alice
Project Alice ROM for the Samsung S8 is one of the lightest ROMs available. It weighs only 1.5 GB in size and is also designed to be as slim and feature rich as possible. So it is guaranteed to improve the performance of your phone and the overall stability. Also, Project Alice runs on the latest firmware version G955FXXU1AQCD and is based on Stock TouchWiz. However, all bloatware are removed and the ROM is fully deodexed which means the apps are optimized to use minimal resources.
4. BatStock ROM
BatStock ROM for Samsung S8 is one of the ROMs which has an active community who frequently discusses the stability and the features of the ROM. This means the developer of the ROM would be adding a lot more features to this ROM in the future. However, the ROM is good as it is and offers many features like Custom Kernel and Adblocking support. The battery life and the performance of this ROM are also optimized using Build.prop tweaks to give the best possible outcome.
5. Ambasadii ROM
The Ambasadii ROM for the Samsung Galaxy S8 is currently on the Samsung Experience version 8.1 which is based on Android Nougat 7.0. Ambasadii ROMs comes free of all the pre installed bloatware. It has implemented build prop tweaks in order to improve the performance and battery life of your S8. You can also choose to add Mods like Adaway to block system wide ads and Dolby Atmos to improve the sound quality. However, the ROM does not support Samsung Pay yet.