I'm going to stay loyal to PE, back on board and using the 7.7.12 build. I'll be patiently waiting for the jellybean.
Gapps are included in the ROM itself. You do not have to find and flash gapps. Let me ask you guys though. Would you rather flash gappd after the ROM or have them built I to the ROM? I know I personally would rather just download and install one thing but I've seen a lot more devas go to the flashing gapps route
Also the browser controls are just jb. I haven't added much except some small speed stuff and some stuff needed to get everything to build to my specifications.
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Secondly, it saves you from having to download them everytime the ROM updates. For example, if you were on ICS, the Gapps on Goo-IM, which quite a few ROMs use was last updated 4/29. So no need to download 50+MB of what would be wasted bandwidth every time your ROM updated. Or if you are a crack flasher, you can swap ROMs without having to download Gapps. With capped plans in the future, 50+MB is quite a bit. If a ROM updates quite often, then, that can become a problem. Also, as a ROM dev, this saves you from having to upload as much.
My opinion, I probably would lean toward separate due to the fact that Gapps for some ROMs are 80+MB. When a new ROM release comes out, and their server is getting hit hard, those extra 80MB make the download that much longer.
Glad to see you back developing. I enjoyed your work on the OG Droid and look forward to your GN offerings.