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Posted May 29, 2014 at 11:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
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 is able to find a pack. . . READ ON »
Posted February 23, 2014 at 12:30 pm 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 Gapps package appears as soon as Google releases a new version. Next, several (modular) packages with vary. . . READ ON »
Posted January 5, 2014 at 05:00 pm 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.
Posted September 9, 2013 at 10:30 pm by TheRomMistress
Posted December 22, 2012 at 06:00 am 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.
XDA Senior Member someone0 posted a pretty long tutorial that takes Nook HD and HD+ owners through the entire root and modification process. Included is a link to three guides. The first is a root guide, the second is a Google Apps guide, and the third is a tips thread by XDA Senior Member leapinlar. Using these guides in tandem, users can get root, Google Ap. . . READ ON »
Posted November 8, 2012 at 02:00 pm 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 and Android system apps. In addition, all the required libraries are also included in the package for functional. . . READ ON »
Posted October 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm 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, and external storage options. Now, it’s been rooted and given Google Apps.
Posted October 2, 2012 at 07:30 am by egzthunder1
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 has in store.
Essentially, the dev has taken a couple of gapps as a proof of concept and has forced them to act as if your device was in tablet mo. . . READ ON »
Posted June 21, 2012 at 10:00 pm 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.
XDA Forum Member MaR-V-iN has taken it upon himself to do something about this with his latest endeavor: NOGAPPS Project. The basic premise is to incorporate all of the missing APIs that would normally come from the c. . . READ ON »
Posted December 3, 2014 at 01:00 pm by Samantha
Android 5.0 Lollipop has been hailed by many as one of the most refined versions of Google’s OS. The OS revision started rolling out to devices last month, with the Nexus family having already been updated and Motorola and Samsung giving indications of a potential Android 5.0 update to select devices as well. Not only this, but unofficial builds have also been popping up everywhere, such as on Android One devices and on the HTC Explorer. And the ball isn’t even close to stopping here as two more devices, the Motorola Droid 4 and RAZR, have also received unofficial Android 5.0 builds as well.
Posted November 20, 2014 at 01:00 pm by Tomek Kondrat
In the last few weeks, Google has been one of the busiest company in tech world. In addition to the floating Android revision releases popping up every couple of days, the developers from Mountain View have also focused on providing updates to proprietary applications commonly known as GApps. You, however, may not be familiar with some of these applications because they aren’t shipped with latest factory images.
The list of updated applications isn’t too long and contains six main entries. Let’s take a closer look on what have changed since the last release.
- Translated into 13 more languages.
- Bug fixes
- Now you can share your Android character with a QR code.
- New M
Posted November 5, 2014 at 07:17 pm by Tomek Kondrat
The source code for Android 5.0 Lollipop was only fully released yesterday, but developers on XDA work extremely quickly. In less than one day, some developers have managed to create Lollipop builds for particular devices. Let’s see which devices are capable of using Lollipop as a daily driver so far.
Posted September 19, 2014 at 05:30 pm by Tomek Kondrat
Flyme OS is a heavily modified Android variant developed by the Meizu team for their MX smartphone line. This variant is based on Android 4.4 and offers a few unique solutions that this Chinese OEM created for their project. And in the eyes of many, this OS is quite beautiful and almost every piece of the ROM and its UI elements have been themed to match Meizu’s philosophy.
If you thought that Flyme OS was available only on Meizu devices, you are incorrect. XDA Forum Member Vpabc ported the Android variant to the Google Nexus 5. The ROM itself is based on CyanogenMod 11, but the user experience is totally different from any other AOSP-based ROM. Flyme OS has its own set of applications and func. . . READ ON »