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Paranoid Android Custom ROM Returns With New Features And Fresh Marshmallow Builds For Nexus And OnePlus Devices

It's been a while since we've heard anything from the Paranoid Android ROM team. Perhaps that's because ROM flashing has fallen by the wayside a bit as stock and skinned Android has made serious improvements, perhaps it's because a lot of the original team was hired by OnePlus to work on its Oxygen OS builds. Whatever the reason, they're back now. While PA is definitely late to the Marshmallow party (the last time they issued a major release was almost a year ago), the team has been revitalized with new developers and support for new devices.

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Paranoid Android 5.1 Comes To Nexus Devices, Future Updates Will Likely Take Even Longer To Arrive

Paranoid Android is a favorite in the custom ROM community, so there will likely be many people who are happy to see a build based on the latest version of AOSP.

This release took a while to bake in the oven, and there's a solid chance upcoming versions will take longer. After losing several key contributors to OnePlus, Paranoid Android's core team lacks the manpower it once had. It needs new muscle to keep the changes coming and welcomes contributions. In the meantime, the project is switching from a weekly release schedule to a "release when appropriate" timeframe.

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Paranoid Android Releases First Alpha Of Lollipop Custom ROM For Select Devices

The nice thing about owning a Nexus device is that it's the first thing to get all the fancy new custom ROMs. Various indie developers have been tweaking AOSP for Nexus phones and tablets (and other devices) since Lollipop launched, and CyanogenMod started publishing nightlies just a few weeks ago. Now there's another option among the high-profile Android ROM teams: Paranoid Android. Alpha builds of the Lollipop version were just published to the download site.


If you're new to the ROM scene, Paranoid Android is probably a distant second to CyanogenMod in terms of total current installs. Its developers are known for pushing the envelope a little more in terms of building out from Android's open-source code, especially when it comes to a user-customizable interface.

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Paranoid Android 4.6 Beta 1 Adds Colorful Dynamic System Bars

The first beta of Paranoid Android 4.6 has been made available for download and it includes a feature the team has been working on for some time. Dynamic System Bars (DSB) allows the status and navigation bars to match the action bar color in apps. If you've ever used the Tinted Status bar mod for Xposed, this is a similar idea.


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CyanDelta Updater Adds Support For Paranoid Android To Spare More People From Large Nightly Updates

The CyanDelta Updater app now has support for Paranoid Android, so users of that ROM can join the likes of their CyanogenMod or OmniROM running peers in avoiding that beefy ROM update each night. Keeping up with the nightly Joneses typically requires downloading a sizable update daily, but CyanDelta addresses this situation by only pulling down delta files, which contain just the part of each update that has actually changed. The premise is simple: why download an entire ROM each day if you can simply get what's new?

To dive in, you must first download the .zip file for whichever ROM you want to run (as long as it's CyanogenMod, OmniRom, or Paranoid Android).

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Paranoid Android KitKat Final Build Includes 4.4.4 Merge And A Redesigned Volume Panel

Well folks, this is it: the final build of Paranoid Android is ready, just in time for Google I/O to show us a new version of the OS. Turn out the lights, the party's over. The fat lady is singing. We'll go quietly into that... what? This is isn't the last Paranoid Android build? It's just feature-complete and stable, and development on the custom ROM will continue? Ah. Well, carry on then.


According to the latest blog post on Paranoid Android's website, the official builds are now rock-solid and the extra UI features that the ROM is known for should be working optimally.

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Fresh Paranoid Android 4.4 Release Candidate 1 ROMs Arrive Running Android 4.4.3

Android 4.4.3 hit Nexus devices last week, and now the Paranoid Android folks are hard at work packing the latest version of KitKat into their custom ROM. Today they're ready to show off the fruits of their labor in the form of the first release candidate for Paranoid Android 4.4.


This release includes not only the goodies found in 4.4.3 but a few other niceties as well. Users will get to experience changes made to Hover. For those who don't remember this impressive notification enhancement, here's a video from the feature's earlier days.

In addition, the developers will maintain compatibility with the upstream CyanogenMod Theme Engine.

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CyanogenMod And OmniROM Nightly Builds Already Updated To Android 4.4.3, Paranoid Android And AOKP Coming Soon

Android 4.4.3 isn't a huge bump up from the previous incremental release - the biggest change is a new dialer, though there are thousands of adjustments behind the scenes. Even so, the most popular families of custom Android ROMs are quickly adopting the open source code into their bleeding-edge releases. CyanogenMod has already begun the transfer to 4.4.3 with its latest nightly builds.

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The newer OmniROM has also started publishing 4.4.3 nightly builds for its supported devices, available on the download page. Paranoid Android, the alternative ROM focused on innovative design changes, is planning to release nightlies based on the new Android 4.4.3 code in the next build.

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Paranoid Android 4.4 Beta 1 Adds CyanogenMod Theme Engine Compatibility

One of the nicest things about CyanogenMod (from a cosmetic perspective, anyway) is support for hundreds and hundreds of community-baked themes on the Play Store and elsewhere. As opposed to a launcher theme or icon set, these themes are system-wide, and they can completely change the look of your phone or tablet in a few seconds. Custom ROMs often bake in a compatible theme system (see AOKP), and now the popular Paranoid Android family has done so as well.


Support for the current CyanogenMod 11 theme engine was put in place for Paranoid Android 4.4 Beta 1, currently running on AOSP 4.4.2 code.

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