February 11, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
With the mountain of snow on the east coast of America, you may have missed some of the news released on XDA-Developers this weekend. In this video, Jordan reviews all the important stories from this week. Jordan talks about the release of Paranoid Android 3 for some Nexus devices. Additionally, Jordan talks about learning to add the Jelly Bean lock screen on top of Samsung’s TouchWiz interface.
In application news, Jordan talks about easier file management with DatFM. Jordan talks about the new open source privacy solution OpenPDroid. Pull up a chair and check out this video. And if you any news to report, feel free to contact any XDA News Writer.
February 9, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
By now, you’ve no doubt heard of Paranoid Android. In fact, there’s a good chance that if you own the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, or Nexus 10; you’re either running the ROM yourself or you’ve given it a try in the past.
For the few unfamiliar, Paranoid Android’s defining characteristic is what they call Hybrid Engine. Contrary to what many believe, this is not “tablet mode,” though that is one of many things that can be accomplished using Hybrid Engine. Rather, Hybrid Engine allows you to select both dpi and layout on a per-app basis. Rather than being forced to modify the look of your entire device, you can optimize your applications to what works best for each and every one.
A new and important feature that has come to light in the recent beta builds, and now sees light in the official release of PA3 is the PIE control system. What this allows one to do is to disable onscreen buttons and use a swipe gesture to access various common functions, thereby freeing up valuable screen real estate. The menu can be seen in the header image above, as well as the video below.
Per-app color, another significant feature in PA3 and recent pre-release builds, allows you set system UI colors on a per-app basis. Want a black system bar for your launcher, but a blue one for Facebook? No problem. Have more eccentric choices in mind? That’s fine too.
The most recent (and most specific) addition is screen calibration for the Google Nexus 4. While the vast majority of third-party reviews have praised the device for its screen, build quality, responsiveness, and overall value; some have been quick to point out that the screen seems under-saturated, especially to those coming from overly saturated S-AMOLED devices. Rather than trying to offer a simple band-aid solution with RGB calibration, PA3 also corrects for the device’s gamma issues to give it the punch the IPS panel deserves. While you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who says that the Nexus 4 screen looks “bad,” the calibration has been met with much praise thus far, and the team only hopes that these changes are incorporated upstream.
Are you salivating yet? Those eager to get started should visit the threads below. Naturally, there will also be a plethora of unofficial ports for various unsupported devices. So if you’re looking for a build for your device, be sure to check in your device forum to see if someone’s already attempted porting the ROM. Even better, you could always try porting and building the ROM from source yourself.
December 21, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
ArchLinux on the Transformer TF300T is only one of the stories this week on the Portal at XDA-Developers. Our friend Jordan quickly recaps all the news before the world ends. Jordan talks about the dangerous Exynos 4 security exploit. In other XDA Developer TV releases, Jordan talks about XDA Senior Moderator jerdog‘s Sony Xperia S video, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan’s Top Stories of 2012 video, and XDA Developer TV Producer TK’s review of WiFi Mouse.
In CyanogenMod 10.1 news, Jordan talks about the unofficial release for the Motorola Droid RAZR and the official nightlies for the Transformer TF300T. Many more devices received releases this week, so pull up a chair and check out this video to find out which ones did!
October 16, 2012 By: Ian Stacy
When the Samsung Galaxy Note arrived on AT&T, the extra-large capacitive screen and S Pen were its biggest selling points. For many users, the S Pen and its button are integral to the functionality and productivity of the Note. Those who were unwilling to give up that functionality have been forced to stick with stock ROMs. All that has changed with the newest version of ParanoidAndroid for the Samsung Galaxy Note i717, brought to us by XDA Senior Member JamieD81.
The ROM is based on Android 4.1.2, and features full support for the S Pen and the gestures that can be done with it. This is exciting news for the i717 community, to say the least. ParanoidAndroid 2.21 has a host of other features as well, including Google Now compatibility and a layout switcher that allows users to select between phone, tablet, and phablet UI modes. You can even set different UI modes on a per-app basis (tablet-mode Youtube, anyone?). If you want to give it a shot on your Galaxy Note i717, be sure to make a full backup of your device, and then head on over to the release thread.
Update: Please be aware that the S Pen features are still under review by the CyanogenMod team. It appears that the code may allow for an exploit of the screenshot function. The S Pen functions are still under review and have not been committed to the CM source code. JamieD81 (who based his work on Paranoid Android, which features code based on CM10) has decided to include these features early. If you understand the risk and still wish to continue then by all means, do so. When the CM team commits the S Pen code, you can be sure to read about it.
September 20, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 owners, we’ve got some great news for you. Jelly Bean-based Paranoid Android is now available for the Galaxy Note. Whether you are simply looking for a custom Jelly Bean ROM, or want a ROM that lets you get the most out of that large screen, Paranoid Android is definitely worth a shot.
In case you haven’t came across it already, Paranoid Android is a unique CyanogenMod-based custom ROM available for several Android devices that allows you to change the DPI and layout of your device on a per-app basis. This allows you to run apps in tablet, phone or a unique hybrid mode on any device, be it a tablet, a phone or a phablet like the Note. This can come especially handy on devices with large screens like the Note, as it helps you utilize the extra screen real estate to the fullest, giving you the flexibility of choice for the various display modes available.
This source-built port for the Galaxy Note is brought to us by XDA Senior Member Utacka, and it incorporates no ROM-level changes. It uses Project LARD, which is an implementation of Jelly Bean drivers for Samsung devices for bringing smooth, Project Butter-like performance to them.
More information can be found in the original thread.
August 8, 2012 By: Former Writer
Paranoid Android is one of the more colorful ROMs that has been making its way around the forums in recent months. We’ve brought you news of the hybrid ROM coming out on several devices already, but the ROM seems to be heading everywhere. It is a very unique ROM, the first truly hybrid phone / tablet ROM experiences for most devices. Unlike ROMs that have tablet mode, ParanoidAndroid uses P.A.L. and P.A.D. (Per-App-Layout and Per-App-Density, respectively) to allow users to set each application’s DPI and layout.
The latest devices to get this unique ROM are the CDMA and GSM versions of the HTC One V. The first of the two versions to get it was the GSM version, posted by XDA Senior Member 1ceb0x, with the help of a few others. From there, XDA Forum Member salvy512 ported it to the CDMA version with the help of other members and devs.
Both ROMs are quite stable, with only a couple of issues. For the CDMA version, the only two things that don’t work properly are Bluetooth—which doesn’t work at all—and a notification light bug that only happens while the device is charging. For the GSM, the only issue is the Bluetooth issue. The reason for the Bluetooth issue is because it happens to be a bug on the local CM9 port, upon which the ROMs were based. Once CM9 gets Bluetooth fixes, the ParanoidAndroid ROMs should join the Bluetooth party as well. If you can handle not having Bluetooth, the ROMs are stable enough to use as daily drivers, and anyone who wants to check out the unique hybrid mode should definitely do so. It is pretty cool.