Paranoid Android ROM was one of the best AOSP (Android Open Source Project) ROMS out there in the past year with 5.0.1 Lollipop based ROM. Now the team returns with a new instalment based on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1. They released the first stable version a few days ago (08.06.16), the team has decided to go straight for a stable release and has been working on the ROM for the past 8 months. Here is a list of the most popular supported devices:
- Nexus 4
- Nexus 5
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus 6
- Nexus 6P
- Nexus 7 2013
- Nexus 9
- OnePlus One
- OnePlus 2
- OnePlus X
To check the full list of supported devices go their official website. As far as the ROM itself, it is very stable. I have got it running on OnePlus One and I have been using it for the past couple of days and I can say that I have not experienced any crashes or any level of sluggishness. Battery life is has been good – about 4.30 to 5 hours of screen on time with heavy media consumption such as playing Youtube videos, browsing the internet and listening to music. Feature wise, if your cup of tea is a heavy customisation you can be a bit disappointed but the ROM compromises that with some unique features that the other custom ROM lack. One of those features is “Floating Peek” which allows you to open an app in a floating window. That could be useful for example when you receive a notification you can long press on it, select the “Floating Peek” icon and the app will be opened in a floating window so you can see the information without the need to leave the current application.
Another unique feature that I found very useful is “Immersive Mode”. This feature allows you to hide the navigation bar and system toolbar so you can enjoy your favourite app in a full screen without any distractions.
As previous CyanogenMod user, I was surprised to find out how easy and intuitive was the Quick Settings rearrangement. All you need to do is to press and hold onto the desired icon to that you wish to rearrange and you will be able to drag the icon whenever you like. With other customs ROMs, for comparison, you have to find the buried toggle in the settings or enter some kind of “Edit Mode”.
Currently, the team is flooded with reviews and bug reports by the community which confirms how excited people are about the refresh return of the new Paranoid Android ROM. In the near feature the Paranoid Team will add even more features and customisations so you can customise your device to your liking. So, If you happen to own one of the supported devices go on and flash the rom to check it out and discover the rest of the features not discussed here.