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Samantha · Dec 19, 2013

Access Apps in Halo Mode Faster with HaloShortcuts

It's pretty undeniable that Paranoid Android's revolutionary Halo feature is amazing. In fact, the idea that one can concurrently run a full-fledged app on top of another on a mobile device was so amazing that to many, it was like a caveman discovering fire. One limitation that was holding Halo back from its full potential, however, was that apps could only be launched in floating mode if a relevant notification was received on the device. This meant that many apps...

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Tomek Kondrat · Nov 18, 2013

Change Your WhatsApp Notification Style with Seebye Chat Heads

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps, and it's widely available on various mobile platforms. It allows users to contact friends in many countries cheaply. However, many are unhappy with its default UI, hence the dozens of themes spread across the forum. A great idea was presented by XDA Forum Member seebye, who decided to combine WhatsApp with some of the good originally seen in Facebook. As a result, Seebye Chat Heads was created. In short, this application uses...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 5, 2013

Add Gestures to Toggle PIE Controls and HALO

PIE Controls and HALO are two open source innovations created by the Paranoid Android team that are just unquestionably awesome. However, as awesome as they are, you may not want them enabled at all times. Enabling and disabling them only takes a few taps and not much effort, but it can be made even easier. If you frequently enable and disable PIE and/or HALO, XDA Forum Member filipkowicz's latest app PA Shortcuts may be exactly what you need. The app allows...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 25, 2013

Floating Notifications and Multitasking with Open Sourced HALO – XDA Developer TV

The much maligned Android development known as Facebook Home has gone the way of the dodo bird. However, the “chat heads” feature of Facebook Messenger is still favored in the Paranoid Android feature called Halo. Halo was intended to bring a new level of multitasking to Paranoid Android ROMs by allowing the user to receive notifications from apps and act on them from a floating or “windowed” version of the app in question. In this video, XDA Developer TV Producer...

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jerdog · Jun 10, 2013

Paranoid Android Team Open Sources HALO

We applaud new and interesting open source developments that look to find novel ways to solve a problem---things like the Xposed framework and OpenPDroid. It is these sort of projects that exemplify what open source is, and why we at XDA embrace it. It is also for that very same reason why we're excited about a new open source project, HALO from the creators of the Paranoid Android ROM. HALO, as previously discussed, brings notifications (conceptually derived from Facebook's Chat Heads feature)...

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