Paranoid Android 7.2.1 features Nexus 5 support, a new boot animation, and more

Much was made about Paranoid Android’s 7.2.0 release, and with good reason – it brought numerous features and bug fixes, along with support for various smartphones. As such, the popular Android ROM’s 7.2.1 update might be seen as meager from the outside, though it is still relatively substantial.

The highlight of the 7.2.1 release is the official support for the Nexus 5 (hammerhead), Sony Xperia X (suzu), and the Sony Xperia X Compact (kugo). On a side note, the Nexus 5 will celebrate its fourth birthday this year, which makes it remarkable that it is still supported with modern software. Then again, the phone is still an incredibly popular one in the ROM scene, so it is not entirely surprising to see it listed.

Elsewhere, the Paranoid team included the OnePlus 5’s three-finger gesture that enables screenshots, as well as an updated version of the PA browser. The 7.2.1 release also included improvements and changes for various devices, including the OnePlus X, OnePlus 3/3T, Nextbit Robin, and others.

Finally, alongside general bug fixes, performance enhancements, and the latest July 2017 security patch, the update introduces a new boot animation that looks clean and adheres closely to Android Nougat’s boot animation.

Keep in mind that not every Android device under the sun will get the 7.2.1 update. With that said, if your device is supported, you can download it at the link below.

Paranoid Android 7.2.1 Adds Support for the Nexus 5 and Xperia X/X Compact, Squashes Bugs, Gains New Features

Earlier this month, Paranoid Android 7.2 was released to the world with a host of useful new features, support for more devices, and an overall more stable experience compared to previous builds. Today, the team behind the ROM is releasing Paranoid Android 7.2.1.

This is a minor update compared to the jump from 7.1.2 to 7.2.0, but there’s still plenty to talk about – most notably the three new devices that are now officially supported by the AOSPA team. With the 7.2.1 update, Paranoid Android now has official support for the Nexus 5 (hammerhead), Sony Xperia X (suzu), and the Xperia X Compact (kugo).

One feature being added, that’s been available in other ROMs as well, is a three-finger swipe down gesture for taking screenshots. OnePlus added this to OxygenOS with the release of the OnePlus 5, and it’s much more convenient than trying to press the power and volume rocker at the same time to perform the same function. In addition to this, the 7.1.2 update also brings a new version of the PA Browser, better handling of carrier provisioning and telephony handling (improvements for wfc and volte), performance enhancements, and other minor improvements throughout the ROM.

There are a number of device-specific changes for the OnePlus 3/3T, Nexus 6P, Nexbit Robin, OnePlus One, and LeEco Le Pro3. Most of these minor additions, but they can be read in full detail on Paranoid Android’s Google+ post if you’re interested.

Lastly, as with any update, a host of bugs have been squashed as well. There have been fixes for tethering issues, launcher layout fixes, sensitivity with PIE controls, and a resolution to a bug with media controls when using Pocket Lock.

There’s also a reworked boot animation by Espen Olsen that looks quite sweet, as shown above this paragraph. You can get Paranoid Android 7.2.1 either by sideloading your device’s build or waiting for an OTA update, and when you do so, you’ll get all of the above improvements in addition to the latest July 2017 security patch. Check out their downloads page to get started!

What are you looking forward to the most with the latest Paranoid Android update?

Paranoid Android 7.2 is Now Available for the Honor 8 Pro

Paranoid Android 7.2.0 was released just about a week ago, and thanks to the hard-working OpenKirin team, the ROM is now available for the Honor 8 Pro.

The build of PA 7.2 for the Honor 8 Pro is currently in beta, but even so, you’ll have access to PA’s stock Android UI, the Substratum Theme Engine, multi-SIM support, the AOSP Camera app, PA Browser, and more.

There are currently known issues with the rear camera only recording video when using OpenCamera at 15 FPS and encryption not fully working, but these are expected to be fixed with future builds.

Download PA 7.2 for the Honor 8 Pro from the XDA Forums

Xettings Lets You Customize the Status Bar and Quick Settings in AOSPA

Paranoid Android (also referred to as PA and AOSPA) received a pretty substantial update yesterday to version 7.2.0. The new builds of the ROM come outfitted with performance enhancements, improvements to the Color Engine, a brand-new Accidental Touch (prevention) feature, and plenty more.

Although there’s a lot to mess around with and customize in the latest Paranoid Android build, something that’s still missing is proper customization of your status bar. Thankfully, a new Substratum theme called, “Xettings” from XDA Senior Member ungeeked aims to fix this.

Ungeeked tested Xettings on a OnePlus 3 and 3T, but the theme should work on any device that’s running a build of AOSPA based on Android Nougat. Once installed onto your device, Xettings will allow you to reposition the clock in your status bar, change the appearance and color of said clock, adjust your Quick Settings rows, and more.

Download Xettings from the XDA Forums

Paranoid Android 7.2.0 delivers new features, supported devices, and more

The Paranoid Android flame was reignited back on May 31 with the release of the Android 7.1.2 Nougat-based Paranoid Android 2017. The popular Android ROM had been in hiding since 2016, but is now back with support for a number of phones and the promise of more to come in future.

Since its initial release a few weeks ago, the Paranoid team has been working on a bunch of new and improved features which have now been released in Paranoid Android 7.2.0. Among these is Accidental Touch, a new feature intended to prevent the effects of unwanted taps on the display while it’s in use. Say you accidentally hit the return key or home button while typing out a message or playing games, Accidental Touch would stop that action from being carried out, allowing you to continue with what you were doing. What’s more, it said to work for hardware or software buttons too.

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Paranoid Android 2017 is here with support for Pixel, Nexus, and OnePlus devices

Paranoid Android 2017 is here with support for Pixel, Nexus, and OnePlus devices

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The next new addition, Pocket Lock, is similarly concerned with accidental input. This aims to stop the device being meddled with while it’s in a pocket by switching off “major input sources.” You can long press the power button to remove the effects of Pocket Lock, should anything go awry.

Meanwhile, Color Engine, the theme engine introduced with Paranoid Android 2017 a few weeks ago, is getting gray as a new primary and accent color for you to play with, while the Paranoid team has also addressed compatibility issues with the Substratum Theme Engine.

The team noted that “most” of the reported bugs so far have now been fixed, in a press release we received via email.

Moving on, there are now a few new additions to the Paranoid Android supported device roster, including much-loved OnePlus One. The team did note, however, that some issues have held up support for the OnePlus 2 but that it will be added later when it’s in good shape. The same applies to the Nexus 5.

The Paranoid Android devs have also asked fans to respond to this poll regarding which Sony devices they would like to receive Paranoid support in the future. The team doesn’t have the “infrastructure” right now to cover all of the Sony devices, so they’re looking for cues on which ones to prioritize.

Here’s the list of stable handsets recently added to the lineup:

  • bacon – OnePlus One
  • onyx – OnePlus X
  • gemini – Xiaomi Mi5
  • shamu – Nexus 6
  • Robin – Nextbit Robin
  • zl1 – LeEco Le Pro3

And finally, here are some of the general improvements included in version 7.2.0.

  • Option for double tap to sleep on status bar
  • Screen off action for button settings
  • Fix for navigation bar swiping
  • Notification light fixes and improvements
  • Updated PA browser based on M60
  • Pulse on pickup fixed
  • Different fixes for contacts handling and integration into Google apps
  • Various Bluetooth connectivity fixes
  • Improvements for hardware key lighting
  • Higher quality wallpapers
  • Optimized fingerprint unlock speed
  • Fixed reboot to recovery message
  • Various performance enhancements
  • Various power related enhancements

The devs say that the kernel sources for the phones are already online, with the rest of the device specific sources going online by the end of the week.

Have you checked out Paranoid Android 2017 yet? What are your thoughts on it? Let us know in the comments.