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Jimmy McGee · Oct 5, 2014

Paranoid Android AOSPA 4.6 Beta 2 In Depth Feature Review – XDA TV

Last week, we talked about Paranoid Android and gave a sort-of review and quick overview. However, Paranoid Android includes a lot more features than the ones we mentioned last time. So in the interest of helping you decide if Paranoid Android is the ROM for you, we will talk more about the features of the custom ROM and go more in depth. In today's video, XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx, gives you a full in depth review of the features of Paranoid...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 28, 2014

Paranoid Android AOSPA 4.6 Beta 2 Review (Sort of) and Overview – XDA TV

Paranoid Android custom ROMs is not for tin-foil hat wearing users. At least not exclusively. They bill themselves as a custom ROM focused on open devices. Their aim is to extend Android, under the same guise as Google with is Android Open Source Project. Further Paranoid Android is proud of the fact that you will find a minimalistic user focused approach to Android instead of a bunch of options. In today's video, XDA TV Producer droidmodd3rx, shows off Paranoid Android on his...

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Tomek Kondrat · Aug 24, 2014

Sleep Well Thanks to XQuietHours

The Quiet Hours feature available on certain OEM firmwares and custom ROMs is extremely useful for those who have trouble sleeping. If you have friends spread all over the world, they may (and often do) try to contact you in the middle of the night. Quiet Hours prevents that, and makes your sleep time more efficient. This feature stops your device from playing any sound at preselected hours, primarily for use at night. While most ROMs available on XDA have Quiet Hours functionality built-in, Paranoid Android...

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Jimmy McGee · Aug 17, 2014

Top 3 OnePlus One ROMs – XDA Developer TV

The OnePlus One has generated a lots of buzz on social media before its release. Using knowledge and staff from Oppo, this device has been said to push the envelop as the whole team at OnePlus wants to "Never Settle."  Here at XDA, we like to "never settle" with a stock device ourselves. While our review of the device shows that it's pretty good out of the box, there is always more you can do with your OnePlus One In...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 20, 2014

Surprise! Android 4.4.4 Released! Nvidia SHIELD Giveaway Winners Announced! Amazon Fire Phone Unveiled and Forums Added – XDA Developer TV

In a surprise move, Android 4.4.4 has been released to most current gen Nexus devices! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is ART being slated to replace Dalvik and Paranoid Android 4.4 RC2! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 18, 2014

Paranoid Android 4.4 RC2 Now Available

Just one week ago, we talked about how the Paranoid Android team released the first release candidate for their Android 4.4.3-based PA 4.4 ROM. For those who don't remember, PA4.4 RC1 brought many new advancements. In addition to merging the latest goodies from Android 4.4.3, this release also brought an updated Hover notification system and support for the new CyanogenMod Theme Engine. Now, the Paranoid Android team has gone ahead and released a second release candidate for PA 4.4, which primarily squashes several relatively impactful bugs.For starters, Hover, Peek,...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 13, 2014

Cyanogen Releases OnePlus One Device Tree, Xperia Z1 Gets 4K Video Recording, MediaTek Working on GPL Compliance – XDA Developer TV

Cyanogen releases the OnePlus One Device Tree! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is MediaTek working on GPL compliance and the 4K video recording for the Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for PinNotif. Then, Adam...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 11, 2014

Paranoid Android 4.4 RC1 Now Available for Supported Devices!

Ever since it first appeared several years ago, Paranoid Android has unquestionably been one of the leaders in bringing new and innovative user-facing features to its users. The PA Team has a long history of delivering revolutionary ideas such as Halo, Pie Controls, and many more. Because of the team's continual innovation, Paranoid Android has earned more than its fair share of diehard fans. And now, we've got some great news for PA fans. Paranoid Android 4.4 RC1 has just been released for supported devices, which brings...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 24, 2014

Android 4.5 Could Break Root Apps, Xperia Z1 Compact Rooted, Paranoid Android 4.0 Beta 3 Released – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.5, or the whatever next version of Android is, could break root app functionality! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement that the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact has been rooted and the release of Paranoid Android 4.0 Beta 3! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV....

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Samantha · Jan 22, 2014

Paranoid Android 4.0 Updated to Beta 3

The KitKat-based Paranoid Android 4 has just entered beta 3, and with it come some pretty nifty additions to an already impressive portfolio of features. As announced and explained in a Google+ post, among the new additions are quick settings 3.0, the “on-the-spot” dialogue, immersive mode, and a new boot animation. Users of PA 4 beta 3 will not take long to notice quick settings 3.0, which introduces dual tiles for select quick settings. Indicated by an icon in the...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 3, 2014

Custom ROM Central Expanded to Include AOKP and SlimRoms

Not too long ago, we announced the creation of a dedicated forum for large-scale, multi-device custom ROMs. Originally, this forum was home to development and discussion surrounding OmniROM, PAC ROM, and Paranoid Android. Now, we've gone ahead and expanded the forum to include two other important multi-device ROMs: SlimRoms and AOKP. As is the case with the previously created entries in the Custom ROM Central forum, this is where general discussion pertaining to these ROMs belongs, as well as Q&A about the projects themselves, and feature development to...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 16, 2013

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...

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Will Verduzco · Nov 1, 2013

Early Source-Built Android 4.4 Builds for Nexus 4 and 7

Ever since Google released the source code for Android 4.4 KitKat, we knew it wouldn't be long before proper, source-built ROMs were made available for certain devices. And naturally, we all expected these initial builds to appear first on some of the current Nexus fleet. That is indeed the case, as there are now builds for the Google Nexus 4, Google Nexus 7 (2012), and the Google Nexus 7 (2013). These builds all come courtesy of the Paranoid Android team, and are...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 16, 2013

Custom ROM Feature Comparison Database

With choice comes power, and with power comes responsibility. And in the world of custom ROM flashing, that responsibility means choosing the right ROM and kernel combination to fit your needs---well that, and making sure you read all of the instructions so that you don't brick your expensive device. We recently featured a simple, yet powerful Xposed module that brings many previously ROM-specific features to any ROM, as long as you have XDA Recognized Developer rovo89's Xposed Framework (thread) installed. However in certain circumstances, there's no replacement...

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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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Jimmy McGee · Jun 14, 2013

Sony Opens Smartwatch to Custom Firmware, Paranoid Android Open Sources HALO – XDA Developer TV

Sony now allows you to install custom firmware on your Smartwatch device. That story and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is an article about Daniel Nazer speaking at XDA:DevCon 2013 and news about the contest. Additionally, the Paranoid Android team has open sourced HALO. Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin gave us video on USB On-The-Go,...

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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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Jimmy McGee · May 6, 2013

Nook HD Finally Gets Official Play Store Support, Paranoid Android’s “Halo” First Appearance – XDA Developer TV

The official Google Play store is now available on the Nook HD. That story and more are covered by Kevin, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is a discussion of the new Paranoid Android Halo and a custom kernel for the HTC One, which modifies its button's function. Kevin talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce talked about Code Katas and The...

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Conan Troutman · May 5, 2013

Paranoid Androids “Halo” Makes its First Appearance

Little more than a few days ago, there was word from the guys behind Paranoid Android that they were working on a new feature called Halo. Similar in form and function to the "chat heads" feature of Facebook Home, 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. Despite still being...

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