Paranoid Android (software)
AOSPA Launcher as seen on 7.1.2
|Developer||Paranoid Android Team|
|Working state||On development|
|Latest release||OA1 / 27 August 2018|
|Update method||Over-the-air (OTA), ROM flashing|
|Package manager||APK or Google Play Store (if installed)|
Paranoid Android was founded by Paul Henschel.
In October 2015, team member Matt Flaming told Android Authority that the project would go on hold. In June 2016, the Paranoid Android team announced that they were back with new team members. This coincided with the release of a new version of Paranoid Android, which is based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, with the May security patch, and includes new customization features. On June 8, 2016, Paranoid Android supported Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 2013, Nexus 9, OnePlus One, OnePlus 2, and OnePlus X.
On May 31, 2017, the team announced that they released the Nougat flavour of Paranoid Android. This version is based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat, with the most notable feature being the return of Pie Controls. Supported devices include the OnePlus 3 and 3T, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel, and Pixel XL.
On May 12th. 2018, the Paranoid Android Google+ account posted an update on the status of the project. The developers had run out of funds, causing their website and Gerrit to shut down, ceasing all work on Oreo builds. The team stated that they were close to release but weren't able to continue without funds, and so looked to the community for donations.
On August 27th, 2018, the Google+ page was updated with a new post titled "Being more transparent". The team apologized for a lack of communication and shared info about current activities. The team decided to finish device trees and release sources before discontinuing Oreo MR1. Basic builds were released for the OnePlus 3, 3T, 5 and 5T, as well as the Sony Xperia X, X Compact, XZ Premium, XZ1 and XZ2. The next goal was Android Pie, with the post saying builds were almost stable, though at the time of the post only two commits under the Pie branch were released on the team's Gerrit. They also released concept art for an upcoming feature named "Blink Navigation" based on gestures and Pie navigation, as well as a rundown of a new versioning system.
According to The Economic Times, the two most notable features of Paranoid Android are the Halo and the Pie. The Halo (not included in version 5.0 or greater) is a floating bubble that lets users see notifications without leaving the current screen, and the Pie is a replacement for onscreen navigation buttons that stays off screen and lets users swipe in from the edge to see the buttons.
Paranoid Android also features Substratum theme support alongside their own Color Engine, accidental touch rejection, Pocket Lock (which prevents buttons being pressed in a user's pocket) and the ability to take a screenshot by swiping three fingers.
List of supported devices
The following is a list of devices that are supported by Paranoid Android:
|Manufacturer||Model||Code name||PA version|
|Sony||Xperia Z1 Compact||Amami||6.0.3|
|Sony||Xperia Z3 Compact||Aries||6.0.3|
|Sony||Xperia Z2 Tab LTE||Castor||6.0.3|
|Sony||Xperia Z2 Tab WiFi||Castor_windy||6.0.3|
|Asus||Nexus 7 2013 (4G)||Deb||5.0|
|Asus||Nexus 7 2013 WiFi||Flo||6.0.3|
|Asus||Nexus 7 2012 Wifi||Grouper||5.1|
|Sony||Xperia Z4 Tablet (LTE)||Karin||6.0.3|
|Sony||Xperia Z4 Tablet (WiFI)||Karin_windy||6.0.3|
|Sony||Xperia X Compact||Kugo||7.3.1|
|Sony||Xperia Z5 Premium||Satsuki||6.0.3|
|Sony||Xperia Z3 Tab Compact||Scorpion||6.0.3|
|Sony||Xperia Z3 Tab Compact Wifi||Scorpion_windy||6.0.3|
|Sony||Xperia Z5 Compact||Suzuran||6.0.3|
|Asus||Nexus 7 2012 (3G)||Tilapia||4.6|
|Sony||Xperia Z Ultra||Togari||6.0.3|
|Samsung||Galaxy Nexus (Verizon)||Toro||4.6|
|Samsung||Galaxy Nexus (Sprint)||ToroPlus||4.6|
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