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[Verizon] Why is it necessary to flash gapps?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by shaddyyy, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. shaddyyy

    shaddyyy Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Just wondering why most roms require you to flash gapps? I don't remember ever having to flash them on my thunderbolt and everything was fine. Is the app package tweaked for the new roms?

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  2. jbdan

    jbdan Extreme Android User

    A lot has to do with Google. Some of the bigger hitters in the ROM dev world are politely told by the Goog themselves that it is frowned upon if they include gapps in their custom built ROM. That is what I gather.
  3. shaddyyy

    shaddyyy Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    So if we skipped on installing the gapps from the zip and just installed it from the market is there any problem?
  4. DSG04lightning

    DSG04lightning Well-Known Member

    I believe the zip just contains what is in the market as sort of a one stop shop. If you would rather dl everything from market separate then that's up to you

    I could be wrong.

    I installed Toro 21 and didn't flash Gapps tried to install wallet and it said it needed authentication from a Google account(Google employee) I nandroided back because I thought it was a problem with it. Looking back it might have worked if I installed Gapps not sure though.
  5. shaddyyy

    shaddyyy Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Thanks everyone for your help
  6. jbdan

    jbdan Extreme Android User

    I wouldn't, but you could try it. Reason being is that these developers test the ROMS with the version of gapps they choose. By going and dnld'ing what you want you might run into compatibility issues/force closes/crashes/etc...

    As DSG04 stated it is a "one-stop-shop" so to speak, but also tested by the dev and his/her testers.
  7. nkk

    nkk Android Expert

    One of the other reasons IIRC is that ROMs that are completely open source or compiled from AOSP do not have them because the gapps are not open source.

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  8. Penguissimo

    Penguissimo Android Enthusiast

    The problem is that the Market itself is part of the gapps ZIP ;)
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  9. kg2128

    kg2128 Well-Known Member

    Yup and also a lot of Rom makers don't include a file manager/browser. Even if you download the market apk and transfer to your phone, you can't install it that way either.

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