Will Verduzco · Dec 16, 2013 at 05:00 pm

Paranoid Android Team Host a Reddit AMA, Talk about the Future of PA and More!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard of Paranoid Android. We’ve covered some of the project’s new and innovative features here on the XDA Portal several times in the past, and we are very much a fan of how the team routinely thinks outside of the box with features such as Halo, Pie Controls, and more.

Earlier today, the Paranoid Android hosted an AMA over on Reddit. In the session, they covered many interesting topics ranging from their team name, their backgrounds, their goals, the modularity of Android, legacy support for devices such as the forgotten Galaxy Nexus, Cyanogen Inc, OTA delta updates, the future of Halo and PIE, and more.

Here are a few of the more notable interactions:

[–]mineraljuice 100 points  ago

Oh and where did the name Paranoid Android come from? Is it Radiohead reference..

[–]ParanoidAndroidDevs[S] 129 points  ago

It is, Paul our founder is a RadioHead fan.

[–]StuMcBill 123 points  ago

What, in your opinion is the biggest problem with “stock” Android? And what features does PA add to actively enhance this experience?

[–]ParanoidAndroidDevs[S] 193 points  ago

Management of screen space. Android was designed to be modular and it does a great job of that, but what may be sized perfectly for one user may be to small/big for another. A great example of this is the Sony xperia Z ultra, this is a 6.4 inch device but uses a phone layout. enabling tablet layouts, improves the user experience by taking better advantage of the screen size.

–Aaron

[–]frgr 46 points  ago

What is your opinion on Cyanogen Inc. and would you ever consider going the same route? What is the end goal of your project? Are you looking for corporate or hardware partnerships?

[–]ParanoidAndroidDevs[S] 54 points  ago

We are happy for them. Its always a great experience to see a passion grow into something great. In the short term we aren’t planning on going that route but if we found the right investor or partner, we would definitely consider it. In terms of goals, we are trying to push the boundaries of user experience. If you look at Android today numerous features were inspired by the Android community.

–Aaron

Naturally, we’ve left many interesting questions out, so we suggest that if you’re a fan of PA, you should grab a cup of coffee and sit down for the entire AMA. The entire AMA can be found over in the comment thread on Reddit.

[Many thanks to XDA Senior Member aeppacher for the tip!]


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician.
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