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Offline davidbrooke

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Google-free android
« on: January 17, 2016, 12:14:27 AM »
I wanted to post my experience concerning a google-free android.
I saw this post reference by LuckyMe:


I tried it out on Dopa6 marshmallow and had some weird things happen:
Couldn't download Amazon's apps apk via the browser...."SD card not available" error message.
Basically I couldn't move forward with loading apps.
So I tried again but this time I didn't load gapps, just installed the Dopa6 rom. I figured that if the xda-dev post was all about removing google, why install gapps to start with? As far as I can tell, not loading gapps accomplishes what the xda-dev post in trying to do. So far the only issue I have had was that the storage permission needs the browser enabled to download the Amazon apps apk (if not the browser closes while trying to download).
Also the Aptoide site is a great app store as well as Amazon apps since google playstore is not an option.
One question I have remaining....can I install just Google chrome? I tried via Aptoide but it failed during the installation. I ask this because on a desktop computer, you can have just Google chrome. Is android different in that if I want Google chrome I will have to install everything Google as well?

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Re: Google-free android
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2016, 09:58:56 AM »
In order to have google products in an android device, you do have to have gapps. It installs the framework files. I am not aware of that not applying to chrome. But it doesn't usually stop the download. It will usually allow you to download and sometimes install it. Then it just never opens force closing perpetually until you get rid of it.

Try downloading it onto a sdcard using your pc, if you want to try it again. Then install it from the sd.

Be sure to have a nandroid first. Just in case...

It runs on windows because it's a completely different version of chrome.

« Last Edit: January 18, 2016, 10:00:50 AM by LuckyMe »

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Re: Google-free android
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2016, 06:57:57 PM »
I don't have gapps on one of my Seros. No problems with apps - although updating apps means reusing app extractor on my other Sero (with nano gapps installed). My google-free Sero is significantly faster that the one with gapps.

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