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FakeGApps by thermatk

Xposed Repo: http://repo.xposed.info/module/com.thermatk.android.xf.fakegapps

F-Droid Repo: https://f-droid.org/packages/com.thermatk.android.xf.fakegapps/

Used in combinaton with µg GmsCore to enable Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) and much more.

This tutorial describes only the installation process to get GCM working. The also available Google Play Store replacement Blankstore is not discussed here.

Installation for Android with root access and without Gapps

Note: to enable GCM e.g for messaging apps like Threema or Textsecure, you have to update / install the same apk once again to allow them to obtain the GCM related permissions.

GCM can be tested using e.g. Google Play Store which is also downloadble from evozi.

Untested ways to remove Gapps

The procedure described here for removing Gapps from CM11 should also work for other ROMs where Gapps has been installed using a flashable zip.

How To Install Blankstore

Its assumed that Gapps has already been removed completely including previous folders such as /data/app/com.android.vending/.

For Android 5.0+

  • create the folder /system/priv-app/Phonesky and change permissions to 755
  • Download latest Blankstore.apk from BlankStore Repo, copy it to folder /system/priv-app/Phonesky and change the APK's permissions to 644
  • Reboot
  • Download this JAR file and run java -jar android-checkin-1.0.jar <email> <password> from the console/terminal of your PC running Linux/OSX
  • Start the new Market app and login using your credentials and the Android ID from output of previous command

Untested ways for Android 4.0+ - 4.3.x

  • Instead of the first two steps for Android 5.0, download the Blankstore.apk, rename it to com.android.vending.apk and copy it to /system/app, apply same permissions as above and proceed the same way as for Android 5.0

Untested ways for Android 4.4.x

  • Instead of the first two steps for Android 5.0, download the Blankstore.apk, rename it to com.android.vending.apk and copy it to /system/priv-app, apply same permissions as above and proceed the same way as for Android 5.0