Paranoid Android releases official 0-Day GAPPS package, promises always up-to-date apps

by: Andrew GrushOctober 15, 2013


As you might already know, flashing a custom ROM is a great way to make the most out of your Android device. Unfortunately, the experience isn’t always a straightforward one and requires time, patience and a little know how.

Arguably one of the biggest inconveniences with flashing a custom ROM is that you have to manually install Google Apps if you want to enjoy Google Play and all the other great Google services. While this wouldn’t be that big of deal, the problem is that the provided links for GAPPS are often for an out of date version of the package, one that you later have to update.

Here to tackle the issue, Paranoid Android has announced a new “0-Day PA Google Apps” package that is compatible with just about any ROM out there. This package is designed to provide a full set of unmodified, always up to date Google apps that include all necessary dependencies and libs. Further, the GAPPs have the ability to survive ROM updates and – at least on Paranoid Android – will even auto update over the air.

Since the team doesn’t officially have Google’s permission to provide these apps, they are entering into a a bit legal gray area by providing their new 0-Day package. The Paranoid Android team admits that this is true, but remains hopeful that Google will ‘turn a blind eye”.

We all know this is a legal gray area but let’s face it, the outdated, broken, buggy, incomplete packages which are distributed throughout the developer/Rom scene do more harm than good. If Google decides to turn a blind eye on this let us at least do them the courtesy of making sure the original Google experience isn’t broken or adulterated!

Interested in learning more? You’ll want to head over to the XDA Developer forum, where the PA team has a thread that includes both download links and more details.

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    • Mr Mop

      No one cares.

      • Jordan.

        Are you talking about windows? BURRNNNNNNN!!!

        • Mr Mop


  • DrCarpy

    This seems interesting. How they’ll keep this bold promise will be something to see. Paranoid Android is a cool ROM, but with Cyanogen aligning themselves with Oppo, they need to do something to keep them competitive.

    • Brandon Miranda

      Yes sir.

    • MasterMuffin

      But this isn’t a competition. They’re not rival companies, they’ll continue doing their awesome stuff and CM will do their stuff

    • adam evans

      I found CM was straying to far away from stock with their own camera and own find my phone…… This anoyed me so I switched to PA which is lots more interesting. I don’t see how CM will move as fast and still be cool now they are a real company so I see PA being very competitive

      • Ivan Myring

        Try omnirom, if you can. Very close to AOSP, with the exception of the multi window. I’m using it now, and it’s great (especially with xposed)

    • Bjajjull

      I want to leave CM as soon as possible. What they have done recently makes me sad. For example the switch from AOSP to CAF which makes franco.Kernel incompatible. I’ll change back to PA as soon as they release a stable 4.4 build.

  • Yunzhe Jie

    honestly, what kind of rom flashers can’t find latest gasps by themselves ?

    • MasterMuffin

      There are no “latest gasps” ever, even the latest packages become outdated in few days

    • drcmda

      You can find them but they are months out dated and often buggy. Apps are missing which non US users will have to hunt down on XDA. In essence if you want Google experience and ROM enhancements you don’t have many options.

  • Android Developer

    but the google apps are already auto-updating themselves. google play and google services ,gmail, google maps…. all update on their own using google play.
    even recently (today or yesterday) i got an update of the google maps…

    the rest are optional (like google translate, etc…) and are updated via google play anyway.

    • Mike Palmer

      Thats what I was thinking………. So why do they need this auto update thing unless they don’t use the Play store……

    • Conrad

      You seem to forget that a lot of these apps aren’t available in all countries.

      • Android Developer

        @Conrad_21:disqus ohh…. right. thanks .
        however, i remember that google maps refused to work at my country for a long time.
        wouldn’t the same happen for such countries too?