What are gaps on Android and why are they needed?

Consider a situation that is common enough: the user decided to change the official firmware of his smartphone to custom. I found the firmware, installed and sees a message like “Do not forget to install the gaps.” Hence the question – what is it?

The word is, as you might guess, came to us from the English language – Gapps. Moreover, it is an abbreviation of the phrase Google Apps, which can be translated as Google applications, that is, Google Play, Gmail, Play Music, Google Maps, etc. Initially, Google Apps is installed on most Android devices, be it a smartphone or tablet. However, on some firmware, due to licensing restrictions, Google applications are missing by default. In principle, a smartphone can be used without these applications, but, for example, using an Android device without the Play Market, to put it mildly, is not very convenient. Therefore, it is proposed to install applications separately. Rather, they usually come in the form of an installation file, which is no more difficult to install than firmware. Sometimes there is a need for Google Play as a separate installation file, if its version is more recent.

What applications are included in Gapps?

It depends on the version of Gapps for the smartphone. Most often we are talking about the most popular services like:

  • Google play
  • YouTube
  • Google maps
  • Gmail
  • Hangouts
  • Google+

But there are other versions (see image below).

How to install gapps?

It all depends on the model of your device, the firmware version, etc. For more complete information for your specific case, you can look at the information on the popular w3bsit3-dns.com forum. In this case, there is no need to describe the installation of Gapps, since it can be performed through ClockworkMod recovery, TWRP recovery, through a special installer, etc. The main thing is to follow the instructions in order to avoid errors.