*Note – This is a public announcement for custom ROM flasholics and people super “HIGH” on Android.
For those of you already installing custom ROMs on Nexus devices (like I’ve been doing with my Nexus 6 for the last few days), make sure you use Android 5.1 Gapps as older Android 5.0.1/5.0.2 Gapps are not compatible. If you do install older Gapps, you will get a force-close error at the end of phone setup, which makes your phone useless. I just want to warn you guys since this happened to me while installing a new Android 5.1 custom ROM on my Nexus 6.
The following Gapps is also minimal(only 88MB) which is great news for those of you installing Android 5.1 on older Android devices (where you may get sufficient storage space error with regular Gapps) and install minimal set of Google apps like the Play Store. If you want more Google apps, you can always install them through the Play Store afterwards. Besides that, I know some of you detest bloatware so definitely these Gapps should give you just the minimal apps without any Google apps you don’t want.
Also, you DO NOT NEED Gapps for Samsung TouchWiz-based ROMs or HTC Sense-based ROMs. Gapps are only used for AOSP ROMs (What is AOSP?) on Samsung/HTC devices. FYI, all Nexus devices use AOSP ROMs and newer Motorola devices like the Moto X also use AOSP ROMs by default (Motorola ROMs are slightly modified-versions of AOSP).
Don’t worry, if you don’t get what this post is about follow this short guide:
Step 1. Install your new Android 5.1 Lollipop ROM.
Step 2. If missing Play Store, download the Android 5.1 Lollipop Gapps and install with CWM or TWRP recovery (installation is same as ROM without any wipes).
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