Paranoid Android releases beta builds for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro
Since its inception, Paranoid Android has garnered a strong fan following across the aftermarket Android development scene. The team behind the popular custom ROM recently released the “Quartz 3” revision of Paranoid Android, which brought in a truckload of new features like new accent colors, a Data Switch tile, and access to Pixel Feature Drop 3-related functionalities. Veteran PA developers Alexander Koskovich and Chris Crump, also known as XDA Recognized Developer ZVNexus and XDA Senior Member sirhc respectively, have now decided to bring all the goodness of Paranoid Android Quartz 3 to the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro. Notably, these are the first publicly available AOSP-based custom ROMs for the OnePlus 8 series on our forums.
The current release is tagged as beta, primarily because there are some known issues related to the fingerprint sensor and brightness, especially on the OnePlus 8 Pro. As a result, you can’t find the builds listed on PA’s official download portal as of now. Interested users need to visit the discussion threads instead and download the unified beta build from the mirrors provided by the developers.
It is worth mentioning that the installation process is a tad bit different from the usual affair. The current form of the ROM is more of a collection of individual partition images that you have to flash using the Fastboot interface. The developer duo probably took this route to avoid the limitations of the unofficial TWRP build. The flashing process will require you to factory reset your device, so do perform a backup beforehand.
The initial version of Paranoid Android for the OnePlus 8/8 Pro utilizes a modified version of the stock kernel as a placeholder. XDA Recognized Developer arter97 is working to port the PA kernel to these phones. Until then, early adopters are advised to stick with the default kernel.