[Q] Gapps already installed without flashing. How?
I was recently trying a few different ROMs. Each time, going back to CWM Recovery and factory resetting, wiping the cache, wiping the dalvik cache and then flashing the ROM and gapps before booting which seemed to work okay, however, I noticed the last few ROMs I flashed have all had the google apps preinstalled, without me flashing the google apps package.
I thought this may have been due to me restoring my google account on first boot, however, even without this, the play store, google +, and the official google search app, among others, are still present in a fresh flash. As far as I know, these ROMs (cyanogen mod, pacman, aokp) should definitely not include the google apps pre-installed.
Any ideas as to why they're showing up without me having flashed them?