ROM of the Week is dedicated to highlighting our favorite custom ROMs and builds for Android users. If you’re the type who likes to tinker and push their device to new limits then this column is for you.
Note that this isn’t the sort of thing that every AndroidGuys reader will enjoy; however, it can be an eye opener. Our hope here is that we help you discover something new and exciting that you can do with your favorite smartphone. Enjoy!
This week’s ROM of the Week goes to Paranoid Android. There is really only one word to describe PA, “Awesome!” The developers that have created/working on PA over the years have constantly kept it up-to-date with the latest Android builds and are always thinking of better features to incorporate.Well let’s get down to it and see why PA made the ROM of the Week.
Like a majority of ROMs out there for Android, they all start with Google’s vanilla version of Android and begin to modify it with features they think are necessary or cool!
PA is a ROM geared more towards power users, so if you’re just a beginner, you might want to look into AOKP, Cyanogenmod or get a stable release. Now, why do I say this? Well, PA has always been on the edge of the latest features which curiously find themselves incorporated into Google’s latest Android release, so it can be buggy at first.
In PA you can change almost every aspect of the OS and some of my favorite features are Halo and Hybrid Mode. Halos are essentially apps that live on the edge of your screen (very similar to Facebook chat heads) and when a notification arises you have quick and easy access to it. You can also drag it onto the “X” to disable the halo all together. It is a really quick and easy way to move around without opening and closing a bunch of apps.
Hybrid Mode is also an awesome feature that allows you to make your phone go into “Tablet mode” where your phone will have a tablet looking interface. It is a neat feature to experiment with, now some people don’t like it especially if you’re on a device with a screen smaller than 4.5 inches, but on my Nexus 5 it is great!