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Paranoid Android is back again, drops Oreo builds for some Sony devices

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Are you ready for a surprise? Paranoid Android/AOSPA, of long-standing ROM fame, has just pushed out a status update on the project's plans, as well as the first ever Oreo releases for the ROM. Unfortunately for the vast majority of us, they're only available for a handful of Sony phones.

Paranoid Android/AOSPA should be a very familiar name for those that ROMed back in the Jelly Bean era. The project was even pushing out releases as recently as last May, though the most recent major update was nearly a year ago.

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Paranoid Android is back again, drops Oreo builds for some Sony devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

How does Project Treble impact Android and the custom ROM community?

Sunday, May 13th, 2018

Project Treble, something that you might read in some of our reviews and comment sections, is an important shift in Android as we know it. One of the pieces of Oreo, Treble was Google's attempt to improve the terrible update situation we see on many third-party phones, especially from Samsung, Asus, and Huawei. So far, only a few manufacturers have implemented it to any noticeable degree, with others outright ignoring it until the last possible minute.

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How does Project Treble impact Android and the custom ROM community? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google removes GApps 100 device limit for uncertified devices, fixes device registration page

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Late last month, Google announced it would block the Play Store and Google Play Services from running on 'uncertified' devices. This was meant to keep OEMs from sideloading the Play Store on devices not approved by Google. The company offered a way for custom ROM users to register their devices, but it was a complicated process, because the registration page didn't actually provide instructions.

Since then, Google has been making tweaks to the process, and now two annoying requirements have been removed.

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Google removes GApps 100 device limit for uncertified devices, fixes device registration page was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google is starting to block GApps on ‘uncertified’ devices, but you can register an exemption for ROMs

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

Google has always controlled which devices ship with its proprietary GApps—a package that includes such necessities as the Play Store and Google Play Services. Until now, they've even been pretty lenient about allowing custom ROM users to flash the necessary payload on top of their modified OS. Unfortunately, some OEMs used that loophole to their advantage, ignoring Google's CTS certification process while shipping devices with GApps or shamelessly encouraging users to sideload them.

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Google is starting to block GApps on 'uncertified' devices, but you can register an exemption for ROMs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Jan D, developer and founder of Team Venom/Viper for HTC phones, is retiring from the project

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

In what might be very unfortunate news for users of the Viper ROMs, Team Venom developer and founder Jan D, or "j to the 4n," has announced that he is retiring from the project to spend more time with his family. Although the project does have four other developers involved in it, notably including the prolific Magisk developer TopJohnWu, this does leave the future of the ROM somewhat in question. 

In addition to a lack of free time, Jan D notes that the number of users for the ROM has decreased significantly over time, likely a result of HTC's decrease in sales.

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Jan D, developer and founder of Team Venom/Viper for HTC phones, is retiring from the project was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Guide: The best phones and tablets for LineageOS

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

The following post was written by Ryne Hager and Corbin Davenport.

The vast majority of Android device buyers don't know or care what a custom ROM is. And that's completely fine - a phone or tablet's stock ROM will be enough for 99.9% of potential users. But for the 0.1% that like to tinker, the development community surrounding a given device can drastically impact the value. Your purchase can become a much better deal if there is a wealth of custom ROM options available, extending its lifespan for possibly years (and nearly a decade for the HD2).

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Guide: The best phones and tablets for LineageOS was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Paranoid Android updated to 7.3.0, adds its own camera app, launcher tweaks, and BlueBorne fixes

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

Our readers are probably quite familiar with Paranoid Android, as the developers behind AOSPA have been prolific over the last months. The latest update for the ROM, which brings it to v 7.3.0, brings a lot of changes. But the biggest addition doubles down on the project's earlier commitment to picture quality. As of today, Paranoid Android has its own camera app.

  

It looks exceedingly simple, but that's deceptive.

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Paranoid Android updated to 7.3.0, adds its own camera app, launcher tweaks, and BlueBorne fixes was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Paranoid Android release 2 is out, with new device support and new features

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

It would appear that AOSPA isn't just back, it's here to stay. Today the developers for the project have announced a new release with a handful of new features, bug fixes, and support for six new devices, including the OnePlus One, Nexus 6, and one of our favorite new-old phones, the Nextbit Robin. New features include an Accidental Touch mode, Pocket Lock, and a new collaboration with Shuttle+.

Shuttle+ is a popular Material Design music player, and it has a few great features like the ability to Cast local content to compatible devices, scrobbing to Last.fm, and batch creation of playlists.

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Paranoid Android release 2 is out, with new device support and new features was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AOSPA (Paranoid Android) review: back from the dead, and we’re thrilled

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Maybe the hair doesn't ruin it hero

AOSPA has just released a new update to its long-loved Paranoid Android ROM, and it's bringing back a bit of the old with the new. The unexpected new build is based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat, so it's the latest you can get. Along with Nougat, a few old features are making a new appearance. Most notable is the return of the pie mode alternate navigation bar — which some people (me) prefer even over real pie.

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AOSPA (Paranoid Android) review: back from the dead, and we're thrilled was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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