Paranoid Android is one of the most reliable AOSPS ROMs out there. What makes it stand out is the fact that instead of issuing out build releases as alpha and beta, the developer team goes straight to releasing stable builds.
After gaining popularity over the last few years, in February 2015 the Paranoid Android custom project lost most of its major developers to OnePlus. The same developers were instrumental in the development of OnePlus in-house Oxygen OS, after cutting ties with Cyanogen. Back in October, Matt Flaming a Paranoid Android project member confirmed that the project was on hold.
However, now it appears that the Paranoid Android project has once again returned to the limelight. This time around with over a dozen new developers and a new release packed with features that have been in the making for the past nine months.
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This new release will bundle well-known features as well as a few new ones, such as a better floating window mode, immersive mode, on-the-spot controls for the notification dropdown, a redesigned quick settings, Paranoid OTA updates support, an advanced power dialog, a theme engine, battery style and added support for layers. Devices such as OnePlus and Oppo series of handsets, the release also provides advanced features such as a fingerprint scanner, enhanced gesture control, added support for alert slider and advanced kernel.
A notable aspect of this new release is its interface design, with designing of elements such as illustrations, system icons, interaction icons as well as wallpapers being done in-house or by major names in the industry. For instance, the release’s default wallpaper was made by Hampus Olsson, who also happens to be the creator of OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X’s stock wallpapers.
Devices that will be able to run the new Paranoid Android include: Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 2013, Nexus 9, OnePlus One, OnePlus 2, OnePlus X as well as a few Sony handsets.
It is recommended that before proceeding to flash the new ROM, a full system wipe be performed.
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