Paranoid Android releases new Android 11 alphas for the OnePlus 8T, OnePlus 8 series, and Xiaomi Mi A3
The team behind the Paranoid Android custom ROM released the final Android 10-based Quartz 5 build earlier this year in September. Alongside the release, the team announced that it had started working on the Android 11-based builds, called Paranoid Android Ruby. A couple of months after this announcement, the team released the first Android 11-based alpha builds for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro. And now, the team is rolling out Paranoid Android Ruby Alpha 2 for the two devices.
Paranoid Android Ruby Alpha 2 is now available for the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro!
— Paranoid Android (@paranoidaospa) December 22, 2020
The latest alpha build comes with several new wallpapers designed in collaboration with Hampus Olsson. These new wallpapers can be found within the included Abstruct app. The build also comes with a few other UI changes that are expected to enhance the overall user experience.
Along with the second alpha release for the OnePlus 8 series, the team has also released the first Paranoid Android Ruby Alpha for the OnePlus 8T. The first build for the OnePlus 8T also includes the new wallpapers designed by Hampus Olsson, along with the minor UI changes.
Before you go ahead and flash the Paranoid Android Ruby Alpha, do note that it’s still far from being a daily driver and you might face certain bugs while using it on your device. Much like the previous release, the latest build has some FOD related bugs and it may also have other minor issues. In case you wish to try it out anyway, you can download it from the forum threads linked above.
Paranoid Android uses the Code Aurora Forum (CAF) Android base as the foundation for building the ROM. The existence of CAF is one of the many reasons why Android smartphones using Qualcomm SoCs are so popular with the aftermarket development community. While the GPLv2 license does mandate that vendors release their kernel sources, that isn’t always enough for creating custom ROMs based on AOSP. This is not required for chipset vendors, but Qualcomm often provides the public part of their chipset specific code for HALs, framework branches, and more which is a great benefit for third-party developers.
Update: Paranoid Android Ruby Alpha 1 now available for the Xiaomi Mi A3
The team has released the Ruby Alpha 1 build based on Android 11 for the Xiaomi Mi A3 as well. The build features the same new wallpapers and UI changes as the release for the OnePlus 8T and OnePlus 8 series. However, it suffers from different device-specific issues. According to the announcement post on our forums, Mi A3 users will face issues with the WiFi display and IR sensor in the first alpha release. You can download the build from the forum post linked below.