In one fell swoop, Paranoid Android has done two things. It has released the seventh beta of its 4.3 ROM version and it has set its foot down on the extent of features that will be included in its brand new Peek notification feature.
Hot on the heels of HTC's latest flagship receiving CyanogenMod 11 nightly builds, the HTC One M8 is now also getting Paranoid Android as well. While these builds are presented as official builds for Paranoid Android 4.x, it should still be considered as unstable versions for the purpose of testing.
Paranoid Android has been developing some rather interesting features but, unfortunately, they're initially only available for users of the custom ROM. Thanks to the power of open source and the efforts of computer science student Zhe Lu, Peek Notifications, one such interesting feature, is now available for almost anyone running Android 4.4.
The Paranoid Android team announced that they would reinvent their custom ROM as well as how they incorporate new features and they have slowly been delivering on that promise. In the latest beta release, Paranoid Android is introducing Hover to replace the multitasking but somewhat obtrusive Halo notifications.
Smartphone notifications are a perennial problem, especially when you're busy doing something else, like walking or driving. The developer team of Paranoid Android believe they have one solution with their new Peek feature, which will allow users to quickly glance at those notifications without having to unlock their device or employ sometimes awkward systems like TTS (text-to-speech).
The Paranoid Android team has publicly announced their goal to change the way they create the custom ROM, but that never meant they will stop innovating on changes that make sense. Now the team is teasing its fance with a notification implementation codenamed "Peek" that it believes will revolutionize the way we interact with notifications.
The developers of the Paranoid Android just made an announcement that could further endear some users but also estrange others. The team wants to recreate itself in a new image, one that sticks closer to the Android experience as it is found in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
Users of Paranoid Android might have noticed that the custom ROM's Halo feature, as well as Pie, has been missing from builds based on Android 4.4. Now the developer team has practically come out to say that the feature, which might have endeared itself to a good number of users, is practically dead.
Paranoid Android might not be taking the spotlight when it comes to custom Android ROMs but it does have its fair share of unique features. In its third beta release, the developers have introduced an interesting feature that takes Android's new Quick Settings menu and gives it an extra layer of options.
A Paranoid Android ROM based on Android 4.4 Kit Kat has reached beta status. The details have been shared on the Paranoid Android Google+ page where they break down what users can expect in terms of this release. Not to mention, the handsets that will be able to run this release.