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Paranoid Android 7.1.2 Nougat – Official Custom ROM Review (OnePlus 3/3T)

The legacy dates few years back when two major rivalries, the Cyanogen & Paranoid Android were fighting for the most prestigious position of who can turn out to be one of the best Custom ROM. Droid Sector

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The Story

Cyanogen was known for performance, while the Paranoid Android was known for innovation. The Paranoid team was responsible for some major innovative features that revolutionized the way we use our smartphones. They reinvented navigation buttons with Pie Controls, they introduced the Peek feature way before ambient displays came into play. The multi-window mode showed up on Paranoid ROMs before it was adapted by Google’s Stock Android.

CyanogenMod & Paranoid Android
CyanogenMod & Paranoid Android
Paranoid Android Features
Paranoid Android Features

But Paranoid seemed to be quiet over a year since the release of its marshmallow build. It was because, some of the lead developers from Paranoid were hired by OnePlus, to build the Oxygen OS. But to the surprise the team has broke the silence and they are back once again!

Source Code updated to CAF Base

CAF Code Base
CAF Code Base

There is some good news about this comeback. First & foremost, they have moved their complete code base to be fully CAF based. It’s actually the place where Qualcomm releases source code for their phone processors. This step will definitely bring many improvements to your device. The key update is that the ROM is much better tuned for Qualcomm hardware. Along with some additional optimizations, the ROM tends to provide a smooth and fluid user experience.

Qualcomm Hardware
Qualcomm Hardware

User Interface

Starting of with the review, the ROM is built on Android 7.0 Nougat. The Boot animation is the same as last year’s build, but it’s still probably the sleekest one I had ever seen outside Google’s stock version. On the first you can say that there isn’t much change in the interface. Everything is pretty stock. The AOSPA launcher is quite good and it looks like the eternal child of the Pixel and the Google Now Launcher.

AOSPA Launcher
AOSPA Launcher

One among the many things that I love about the Paranoid Android, are their wallpapers. The AOSPA team once again has got Hampus Olsson to design their wallpapers. This time the creation deals with geographical features and honestly he has done a great job and has presented some beautifully stunning creations.

New Features

Pie Mode

Pie Mode
Pie Mode

My all time favorite, the Pie Mode is back! For People who don’t know – its just an alternate mode of accessing your navigation icons by sliding in from the edge of the screen, which further leads to a beautiful half circle and then you have to slide along to choose your preferred option. The Pie mode is for people who hates hardware keys but at the same time by not loosing some screen space. Also this time, the overall design of the Pie control has been reworked to better suit the Gooles’s Material Design.

Color Engine

Dark Mode in Paranoid Android
Dark Mode in Paranoid Android

The next exclusive feature is the all new Color Engine. Its a lighter version of theming the User Interface. It allows you to select custom colors for the preferred interface. The Color Engine also allows you to select an overall theme as the base with few different color accents. Right now there are three themes – Default, Dark, and Pixel. With the dark being a perfect AMOLED black theme. The ROM also has an official support for the Substratum Theme Engine, but the Color engine is lite and can get the job done in most of the cases. The major drawback of the Color Engine is that it lacks support for 3rd party apps.

Display Tweaks

Night Mode
Night Mode
Gestures in Paranoid Android
Gestures in Paranoid Android

Further under the display option you are provided with the Night mode functionality, which can automatically tint the display to red during low light condition for better readability. Further the ROM is packed with lots of gesture in order to access your common applications or features at your ease.

Additional Features
Additional Features

The developers have added extra special magic to the OnePlus devices, like the ROM supports Dash Charging and also it tends to inherit some common features that are native to the Oxygen OS. Fingerprint Enhancements, Advanced Button Controls and few Camera tweaks are the promised features for the OnePlus Devices.

Verdict

Right now the ROM is officially supported only for a handful of devices. But the developers are working hard to add better support to new devices. The other drawback is the regular OTA updates, which turns out to be a potential question.

The ROM is quite genius and this release in particular, has set me super excited for the future of Paranoid Android.Droid Sector

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