Google has rolled out the latest version of Android, the Android 5.1 Lollipop now. Android 5.1 Lollipop brought some prominent improvements over the Android 5.0 Lollipop. The latest build enhances the performance and battery life a little bit more. Some quick settings icons have changed in the Android 5.1 Lollipop. Screen pinning has been revamped, device protection has been introduced, and some other minor changes including changes to the animations in the clock app have been made.
With the release of official Android 5.1 Lollipop, CyanogenMod also updated the aftermarket Android firmware. CyanogenMod 12.1 is out now, which is the unofficial and aftermarket Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. If you own a legacy device, which has been forgotten by its manufacturers and receives no further Android updates, you may update your device by means of a CyanogenMod 12.1 custom ROM right away. Also, the devices which are in the queue to receive the Android 5.1 officially, CyanogenMod 12.1 has already made its way for those devices and impatient power users can enjoy the latest and greatest Android version right now. Most of the developers use CyanogenMod 12.1 as the base for their ROMs, and other custom ROMs like ParanoidAndroid, OmniROM, SlimKat etc are already floating around now based on Android 5.1 or 5.1.1 Lollipop.
Custom ROMs like CyanogenMod are close to the pure stock Android and do not contain any bloatware applications. You’ve to install all the applications on your own. To pave a way for applications, you need to load Google GApps, which are not pre-installed in such ROMs. You need to find the correct version of Google GApps for your Android 5.1 or 5.1.1 Lollipop ROM and install it to load further applications on your Android device.
Just in case you are wondering what are Google GApps, you may want to know that these are the package of Google Applications which are pre-installed in stock Android firmware. These include applications like Google Play Services, Google Play Store, Google Play Music, Google Play Books, Calendar and more. These applications are necessary for an Android device as these also provide base for many other applications. Without Google Play Services, certain applications crash. So, install correct GApps on a custom ROM is a must.
Finding correct version of GApps is a little bit hard, so if you just came on this post finding one for yourself, you’ve spotted the right place. As you move forward, you will be able to pick up your desired version of Google GApps for your Android device running any Android 5.1 or 5.1.X Lollipop custom ROM.
Here’s a comparison chart by the developer showing what the applications are packed up in the packages.
PA Gapps Pico Modular Package For Android 5.1.x Lollipop
The pico version of PA Gapps for Android 5.0 Lollipop comes with the absolute minimum Google applications. These include Google system base, Google Play Store, Google Calendar Sync only, Google Play Services. This version of GApps is intended for the users who don’t like all other Google applications and want the basic ones only.
PA Gapps Nano Modular Package For Android 5.1.x Lollipop
This version of Google GApps is intended for the users who want to use the minimum possible Google GApps having the “Okay Google” and “Google Search” features. Other GApps include Google system base, off-line speech files, Google Play Store, Google Calendar Sync and of-course, Google Play Services.
Size: 129 MB | Download
PA Gapps Micro Modular Package For Android5.1.x Lollipop
Intended for legacy devices having small partitions. This package included applications like Google system base, off-line speech files, Google Play Store, Google Exchange Services, Face Unlock, Google Calender, Gmail, Google Text-to-speach, Google Now Launcher, Google Search and Google Play Services.
Size: 183 MB | Download
PA Gapps Mini Modular Package For Android 5.1.x Lollipop
For the users who use limited Google applications. This package includes almost all basic Google applications including core Google system base, off-line speech files, Google Play Store, Google Exchange Services, FaceUnlock, Google+, Google Calendar, Google Now Launcher, Google Play services, Google (Search), Google Text-to-Speech, Gmail, Hangouts, Maps, Street View on Google Maps & YouTube
Size: 233 MB | Download
PA Gapps Full Modular Package For Android 5.1.x Lollipop
This package is similar to the stock Google GApps. It only misses Google Camera, Google Keyboard, Google Sheets and Google Slides applications while includes almost all other Google GApps.
Size: 366 MB | Download
Gapps Stock Modular Package For Android 5.1.x Lollipop
Stock Google GApps package. Includes all Google applications. Intended for the users who do not want to miss any application.
Size: 437 MB | Download
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