June 20, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
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 Knock Code. Then, Jordan talked about running Firefox OS apps on Android. And later, TK gave us a an Android App Review of Device Inspector. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
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, and Pie have seen basic improvements. Next, Quick Settings was received fixed theme support and other miscellaneous fixes. Upstream patches were also added to the CM Theme engine, and various force close and recent apps issues were fixed. In addition, lens blur was also fixed for users running the Nexus 5 build. There aren’t really any major new features in this build, but if you were affected by the aforementioned bugs, RC2 couldn’t have come sooner.
You can learn more by heading over to the official G+ announcement post. And if you’ve got a current generation Nexus device and you want to get in on the ROM action, head over to the Paranoid Android download portal. And once you’re locked and ready to go, be sure to check out our dedicated Paranoid Android, as well as your home device forum here on XDA to learn more.
June 13, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
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 talked about simple Hacking prevention. And later, TK gave us a an Android App Review of TWRP Theme Manager. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
June 11, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
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 PA 4.4 one step closer to its eventual stable release.
So what’s in PA 4.4 RC1? Perhaps the biggest feature on everyone’s mind isn’t exactly a feature, but rather the latest version of Android. Thankfully, the PA Team managed to merge Android 4.4.3 into PA 4.4 RC1. But of course, this being Paranoid Android we’re talking about, you know that it doesn’t end here.
In addition to the 4.4.3 merge, PA 4.4 RC1 brings the new Hover notification system. However, the version of Hover found in RC1 also adds two new tricks: Hover doesn’t open if the notification is from the current foreground app, and the ticker now shows apps that are blacklisted from Hover. PA 4.4 RC1 also brings the updated CyanogenMod Theme Engine, which was first seen in last week’s CM11 M7 builds.
You can learn more about what exactly has gone into Paranoid Android 4.4 RC1 by heading over to the ParanoidAndroid Google+ page. And to jump on the PA bandwagon and load it on your own device, simply head over to the Paranoid Android Download Server and grab a build for your device.
Are you a Paranoid Android user and are you a fan of these new features? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to head over to our dedicated Paranoid Android forum.
January 24, 2014 By: Jimmy McGee
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. XDA Developer TV Producer TK released an Xposed Tuesday video for SwypeBack, he compared the Omate TrueSmart smartwatch 2.0, the Samsung Galaxy Gear and the Pebble, and he gave us an Review of CyanogenMod on the Oppo N1. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
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 top right hand corner with examples including WiFi, mobile data, and Bluetooth, users can flip the tile for more options. For instance, By flipping over the mobile data tile, you can also toggle between 2G and 3G data, a setting that normally would be another separate tile.
As for the “on-the-spot” dialogue, users will now be able to essentially ‘skip’ multiple layers of navigation, meaning you reach where you want to go quicker. As demonstrated in the video below, you can allow PA to automatically open up quick settings by swiping down from the right side of the status bar, rather than navigating to quick settings through the notification area. As of now, quick settings is the only function to have this “on-the-spot” feature, but more are soon to follow.
There is also a new boot animation in the third beta, as well as an improved immersive mode, which now allows you to hide either the navigation bar, the status bar, or both from the screen.
January 3, 2014 By: Will Verduzco
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 be incorporated into the ROMs themselves.
To get started, head over to Custom ROM Central, or visit the new sections directly by visiting the links below:
December 16, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
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:
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!]
November 1, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
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 labeled “4.4r1 by AOSPA.” The Nexus 4 build comes courtesy of XDA Recognized Developer franciscofranco, the Nexus 7 (2012) build comes courtesy of XDA Senior Member EvanA, and the Nexus 7 (2013) comes courtesy of XDA Recognized Developer aaronpoweruser.
At this point, it is unclear what exactly works and what doesn’t work. However, we do know that Paranoid Android’s signature features have not yet been merged. Rather, this is just based on the source code that was released yesterday. And since this is such an early build and source was only released a day ago, we wouldn’t use these as daily drivers just yet. That said, it’s great to see such early source-built progress being made. Kudos to the Paranoid Android team. We can’t wait to see the ROM’s key features merged!
To get started, head over to the appropriate link below!
[Many thanks to EvanA and aaronpoweruser for the Flo link!]
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 for
displacement running the feature’s original ROM. And in these cases, it’s important to know about your available options.
To help new users determine which ROM they might want to try first, XDA Senior Member nimrodity created an intricate ROM database, which lists various features broken down into different categories and other specifics. Before users take this as canon, please note that there is a rather large issue preventing this from being an even more useful resource: The currently available list only examines recent builds of CyanogenMod, PACman, SlimBean, Carbon, and Revolt. Unfortunately, this means that other fantastic options such as AOKP, Paranoid Android, and Omni are nowhere to be found.
Head on over to the database thread to learn more. Despite the omissions listed above, this can be a great into primer for new users not yet sure about which option to try first.
[Thanks to benkxda for the tip!]
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 you to toggle PIE mode (full screen), HALO, HALO hide, and HALO reverse control.
So how do you access these shortcuts? Simple. You can either drag the shortcuts to your desktop like standard apps. However, if your launcher supports gestures, the preferred way of accessing the shortcuts is to launch the shortcuts that way. As described by the developer:
Best way to use them is attach them to gestures in your launcher but you can place them on homescreen like any other shortcuts. Moreover app can create one fake “APP” which make the same thing as shortcuts but system treat it as regular APP so you can attach this APP to HALO with HALO))) app.
To get started, head over to the original thread.
June 25, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
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 Kevin shows you how use floating notifications and multitasking your device. Kevin talks about Halo and some other options. What are you waiting for? Check out this video.
June 14, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
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, AdamOutler and friend shows us how to develop for the Google ADK, and TK does an App Review of Hi App Lock. Pull up a chair and check out this video.