Much of what users commonly refer to as “Android” isn’t actually a part of the OS itself, but rather first-party Google applications that have become integral to Android’s functionality or look and feel. This includes apps like Gmail and the Google Play Store. And for most people, it’s optimal to use these first party Google applications. But if you’re running a rooted device with a source-built custom ROM, chances are that you need to download a separate Gapps package.
Various Gapps packages are already available, as some big projects like AOSPA have released their own versions. But even with so many variants available, not everyone . . . READ ON »
February 23, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
It’s no secret that pairing your device’s custom ROM with a good Google Apps package is quite important. This is especially true thanks to the emergence of ART, and its incompatibilities with certain Gapps packages.
In the past we’ve featured quite a few ways of getting Gapps on your device with minimal struggle. But thanks to XDA Senior Member TKruzze and the official PA Google Apps, there is a fantastic solution for users of any 4.3- or 4.4-based ROM.
So, what makes this Gapps package unique? For starters, the applications are updated 0-day. In other words, a new version of the . . . READ ON »
January 5, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
If you’ve ever used a custom ROM, you know that due to legal reasons, most of them are released without Google’s proprietary applications, simply known as GApps. Those packages can be a bit finicky, as every version of Android needs a particular package, so sometimes it’s hard to choose the correct file to download.
In the past, we’ve talked about two applications capable of downloading GApps packages easily: EasyGApps and GooManager. But since KitKat’s release, updated Gapps are not hosted on our partner goo.im anymore.
September 9, 2013 By: TheRomMistress
Finding and downloading the correct GApps package can sometimes be a daunting task, especially for those who are new to flashing custom ROMs. Goo.im and its corresponding Android application, Goo Manager are great programs for the more experienced users who understand how to navigate its file system and how to read file names. For less advanced users however, the program can be difficult to navigate. By implementing the Android API "WebViews," XDA Senior Member MBQ_ has created "Easy GApps," a simple solution that directs users straight to the source GApps website, without the need to navigate through hundreds of other developer creations.The clean user interface makes the application very straight forward and easy to navigate.
December 22, 2012 By: Former Writer
A couple of weeks ago, we brought you news that the Nook HD and Nook HD+ had gotten permanent root. This is of course great news, as the Nook HD and HD+ run their own Android-based OS, and were in serious need of some more traditional Android goodness. Now, there is a new method for root, along with installing the Google Apps that will make the device much more usable.
November 8, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
Ever since Google revealed Android 4.2, we have seen several apps from Android’s latest version surfacing here at XDA. Now that the Nexus 4 system dump has been out for a while, things are only ramping up. Recently, Android hacker Kill Droid Hack extracted all core Android 4.2 apps as well as the latest Google Apps from the Nexus 4 dump, deodexed them, and ported them for installing on any device running Jelly Bean 4.1 or later.
The apps in the package include Camera, Desk Clock, Chrome, Maps, Street View, Gmail, Play Store, Play Music, Google Talk and all other core Google Apps . . . READ ON »
October 7, 2012 By: Former Writer
Usually when we do pieces for rooted devices, they are devices that have their own forum sections. Of course, we make exceptions for unique devices. The Nabi 2 is an interesting exceptions for two reasons. First and foremost, it is a tablet for children. Second, and perhaps more importantly, it has better specs than 2/3 of the tablets that have their own sections. Inside this toy for tots is a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 8GB of storage with SD card slot, and a 7″ 1024×600 display. Essentially, it’s similar to a Nexus 7 with a lower resolution screen, HDMI out, . . . READ ON »
We have all seen Paranoid Android, which features a true hybrid mode interface that allows users to change virtually any application’s DPI and layout. However when activated on a device with a smaller screen, tablet mode does not necessarily look all that neat. Depending on a lot of factors, you may want to revert back to regular phone mode. However, this forgoes the advantages you were trying to gain in the first place. If you are stuck in between this proverbial rock and a hard place (first world problem), you may want to look at what XDA Recognized Developer DAGr8. . . READ ON »
June 21, 2012 By: FallenWriter
As most of you are aware, XDA is dedicated to a spirit of openness in both hardware and software. One thing that proponents of open source ideals have long rallied against is the bundling of closed source proprietary software, especially when that software is required for the operating system to retain full functionality. Even Google is guilty of this, as not using their proprietary Google Applications (i.e. Maps, Play Store, etc.) with an Android device greatly reduces standard functionality.
August 12, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
We’re one day shy of Google’s traditional Update Wednesday, but despite this, the first party app updates for the week have already started rolling in. So far, we have a rather substantial update to the Google+ app, as well as minor incremental updates to Chrome beta, Search, and YouTube. And like always, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the APKs for your sideloading pleasure.
First off, we have the most significant update, Google+. Today’s update brings us to version 188.8.131.52928916 (up from 184.108.40.206642489 just over two months ago). As you would expect in a jump from 4.4 to 4.5, today’s update packs quite . . . READ ON »
We have several flavors of AOSP-based Android builds here on XDA-Developers, and each one of them brings something new to the table. It could be the originality of CyanogenMod that floats your boat, or maybe some of the advanced control features in Paranoid Android. Whatever your motivation to sail through the sea of custom ROMs on XDA, there is one thing that we are certain of, and that is that your ORD always wants more. But wanting more can sometimes make you feel a little like little Oliver Twist asking for more gruel at the orphanage–particularly if your device is not exactly . . . READ ON »
May 17, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
Google’s first party application updates have been coming a bit out of band over the past few weeks. Rather than the typical “Google Update Wednesdays” that we’ve become accustomed to seeing, it’s now not uncommon to see these Gapps updates appear seemingly at random.
Since our last APK compendium, we’ve seen quite a few significant updates. This began with Google Play Newsstand 3.2.1, continued with MyGlass 3 and Play Services 4.4.51, and finally culminated with Google Play Store 4.8.19, which brought us PayPal payment support through the Google Play app.
Now, Google has started rolling out an update to . . . READ ON »
There are many, many ways to install a custom ROM nowadays. Although most of us currently do so by downloading (or building) an archive that is flashed through a custom recovery, there are many other ways to accomplish this same task. For example, you can manually flash the required images via Fastboot, or you can use a tool like Goo Manager to handle all the recovery commands for you. But you surely can’t flash a ROM from a text message, right? Wrong.