Originally Posted by Vandy2304
I guess u are not flashing the 4.4.4 pico gapps in the 5.1 version of the ROM???
Have not done that yet, but haven't spent a lot of time with the device either.
Over the past few years, I've read many discussions about having a 'Google-free'* device: No Google Play, framework, etc., and apps installed directly using apk's. The primary advantages are less 'weight' so faster response, and of course, no spying. Most threads eventually reach the conclusion that it's impossible; just bite it and install gapps, the pico version for smallest footprint.
But going Google-free does seem possible on an older device like this because it's not used everyday for many things, only occasionally for a few dedicated tasks. The show-stopper I've run into in the past has been that many apk's are hard, if not impossible, to find.
So when there's time, I'd like to see if the few apk's needed can be found. Then if they install and run right, this will become my first device that's certified Google-free*.
* The Android OS itself not included