Is it required to flash in order to install Google Play on CyanogenMod? If so, why? Or is there a method to install Google Play on CyanogenMod without flashing?
In comparison, other app stores such as F-Droid or aptoide can just be installed as APK, so I am wondering.
I am not wondering about why one needs to install CyanogenMod and the google apps separately, I know it is due to licensing issues.