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Paranoid Android ROM being rewritten to be more "Googly"

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Apparently, there has been quite a bit of confusion for users of the Paranoid Android ROM. Users have been installing the Paranoid Android 4.x beta ROMs expecting all of their favorite features to be there, but instead finding very little right now. The Paranoid Android team wants to explain the process and remind users that 4.x represents a full rewrite of the ROM to be more "Googly".

The team not only wants to offer a more "Googly" experience, but wants to minimize the amount of "kanging" in the ROM, which is to say reworking the features that have been lifted from other custom ROMs. Paranoid Android doesn't want its ROM to be similar to the other options in the custom Android space, and so the team is completely rewriting the code and taking each feature into consideration. If a feature is deemed worthy, it will be reworked and polished before being reintegrated into the software. 

This means that right now, the hybrid engine (allow for phone or tablet UI), and the Hover (formerly Halo) notification/app controls are not integrated into the new beta versions of the software, but are on the way. The Pie controls (radial menu) actually just made it back into the software with todays update to Paranoid Android 4.1, and it shows what the team is planning, because the Pie controls do feel much more native to the Android system than before. It has also been simplified for ease of use. 

If you want to try out the new Paranoid Android beta, you'll need a Nexus device. 

source: +Paranoid Android 1 & 2 via Paranoid Android download

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posted on 03 Mar 2014, 14:03 2

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8260; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I like PA but love LiquidSmooth and AOKP more.

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 14:19

2. docj8404 (Posts: 72; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


If one more person ask for a PIE or Hover ETA on G+, it's going to be WW III. I appreciate that the PA team is taking the time to build PA 4 from the ground up, so however long it takes to integrate above said features, users should be able to live with it but also support it.

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 15:36 3

3. jove39 (Posts: 1278; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Since I got N5, a definite resistance to custom roms has developed in me...I flashed CM, AOKP and PA on weekend all in one day and for some reason I didn't like them...flashed back to stock again!

Is stock android such a good thing on Nexus device?

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 16:21 2

5. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Stock/basic AOSP is nice but boring imho. Although it's Android, the experience feels crippled.(Yeah I'm a geek, lol) I'm leaving my Nexus 10 on stock though since it's a Nexus and I don't really use it. My Note 2 is running PA 4 beta, but it's still buggy right now.
On the other hand, my Note3 on a modded version of TW is a freaking monster !

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 16:23 1

7. docj8404 (Posts: 72; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


By your own admission, you didn't give any of the above mention ROMs a real chance in order to decide whether it's something you either like or despise. There's absolutely nothing wrong with running stock, especially with modules like Xposed, but with a ROM like PA in its current form, it's just as stock functionality wise as you can possibly get to stock. CM11 is fairly close behind minus the enhanced settings menu...

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 02:30

12. shahrooz (Posts: 139; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


Install Xposed framework, then get gravity box. After that you won't look at any custom roms.

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 15:46

4. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 131; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)


Before I copped my Note 3 a while back I ran PA on my Galaxy Nexus and my S3. I always switched between that and Gummy Nex ROM. They were both great, it was all about preference. I never rooted my Note 2, but damn I wish I would have. Still deciding on whether to root this Note 3, though. We'll see.

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 16:22

6. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Root it but leave it on TW, or look for a TW based custom ROM that suits your needs.

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 18:22

8. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1833; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Ewww , custom roms..... I personally , like my phone to work,,, that just me tho :)

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 19:14 1

10. marbovo (Posts: 643; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Mine has custom rom and runs perfectly... Didn´t get you...

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 19:04

9. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 713; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Honestly, I think custom ROM makers are starting to be like Samsung, adding in loads of features that I may or may not use. Good job, Paranoid Android, for trying to make your ROMs less cluttered

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 21:37

11. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


They are ditching HALO multitasking for the googly thing. PA should understand that most roms provide google experience, it was HALO that set PA apart and made it unique.

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