Like many smartphones that are imported from China, the Smartisan T2 comes our way without any Google services on board. This isn’t surprising, considering the fact that Google services are completely blocked in China and with the Smartisan T2 only being sold in China, there’s no reason for them to install it on the device (but it still does need to be approved by Google). However, it’s easy to install Google Play Services or Google Mobile Services, which ever you prefer to call it, onto the device. Let’s explain.
What you’ll want to do is jump into the App Store that is pre-installed on the Smartisan T2. Now the name is in Mandarin, so unless you can read Mandarin you won’t know what it’s called. It is in the top left-hand corner of the first screen on the Smartisan T2. Once you go into the App Store, search for “Google”. Now in the search results you’ll see a number of Google apps there including Google Play. You’ll want Google Mobile Services. Now again this is going to be in Mandarin, but the icon does say “GMS” in the icon, so you’ll be able to know its the right app. Install that app, and once it’s installed open it up. Inside, you’ll be downloading the Google Apps package which can take a bit of time to download. Once it’s downloaded you’ll need to install it, which does require a reboot. Once it’s rebooted, you’ll be all set. You’ll see the Google Play Store appear on the last page of apps on the device.
It’s really that simple. While the process is pretty short, it will take some time. The download for the package can be pretty slow. It took us about 5-7 minutes to download a 45MB package – and that was on a 100Mbps connection. So be patient. But now you’ll have Google services on the Smartisan T2. However you will need to install every Google app. This includes Gmail, Android Pay, Google+, Google Keep, and the many others that they have available on the Google Play Store. If you need more help, we’ve put together a nice video below for you.Buy the Smartisan T2