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Custom ROM Monday: AOKP JB-MR1 Build 3 and Paranoid Android 3+


Custom ROM’s are still a large part of this community, with two of the top dogs being AOKP and Paranoid Android for a multitude of devices. If you are currently running one of their previous builds, then it looks like it is time to update.

Over the weekend, a release candidate for Paranoid Android 3+ was uploaded to XDA, along with an extremely awesome/in-depth hands-on video giving an overview of the ROM and its features such as hybrid property settings. These settings allow you to change the layout of the entire device and for individual apps. For example, you can use the tablet UI for the Gmail app if you so choose and any other app that is compatible. Definitely watch the video if you are prepared for your mind to be blown. 

As for AOKP, Build 3 of the JB-Mr1 ROM is up and ready for flashing. Inside there is a new UI mode selector, lockscreen options, and a ton of new options for the navigation bar. For a full rundown of each new addition for the ROM’s, go ahead and follow the download links which will take you to their respective homepages.

Don’t forget to make a backup!

Downloads: AOKP | Paranoid Android


Cheers Jeff and Kimir!

  • I keep getting stuck at the boot animation. how long should I be waiting for the first boot. 20min? can anyone help?

  • Can someone please post a full flashing ROM review/guide. Don’t get me wrong, I know how to flash roms, it’s just it involves backing up my rom, creating a TiBackup, flashing, then reinstalling my TiBackup. Is this “the” way to do it or are there any other quicker ways to flash? Also, a guide on what to reinstall from TiBackup would be wonderful!

  • Backs4IU

    No, I’m just a guy who likes the Sourcery ROM. I tried others but I keep coming back to it. I had it on my OG droid before it died. There themes are pretty cool. I keep mine pretty basic. Check it out for yourself. Variety is the spice of life!

  • Ok well, does P/A have a LTE toggle yet?

  • Has anyone else had an issue using wifi tether on Gnex VZW with 4.2.1 roms? I haven’t been able to get any to work with it. Can someone message me on this issue I’m having?

    • Jwhap

      Yes, but the ROM I am running he figured out what was causing the issue and fixed it a week later. I am running shiny 2/3.

  • Gus

    Just installed PA! What a great boot animation.

  • Brandon Lang

    I dunno why but every time I update aokp to one of the new MR builds, it still says that I’m running mR-build 1. I’m doing all the necessary resets and whatnot, clean flashes, but it still isn’t updating. thoughts?

  • What is the best rom that is closest to PureGoogle/VanillaAndroid? The reason I ask is that’s what I bought the Galaxy Nexus for, but now I don’t have the updated Pure Google.

    • Jwhap

      Shiny is the closest. You can even flash it no root if you want to be stock and un-rooted. Not sure why the hell you would not want root, but I am sure there are some folks that might.

  • Tyler

    Whats the best stable kernel for toro Galaxy Nexus? I’m looking for something that has good battery life but doesn’t take a hit on performance. Right now I’m using leankernel 5.8 but if anyone has some suggestions to look into I’m all for that. (Running XenonHD 4.2.1)

    • Jwhap

      Tiny seems to be really good on the battery.:-)

  • Otto Dieffenbach

    yesterdays PA update was sick. both N7 and Gnex run super smooth with PA 3. highly recommend it.

  • The video really blew my mind. I was not interested in the ‘Pie’ when it was first showcased; even though it looks supercool. But the ability to switch to tablet/phablet mode and per app color settings is legen—waitForIt—dary.

  • Noticed on my GNex that since I have installed multiple 4.2+ roms I now have nested /0 directories. Does anyone know an easy way to consolidate them? I would like to consolidate all the files, delete the unnecessary trees and have just one /0 directory. Options?

    • I’ve had the exact same problem can someone help us out?

    • Pedro

      Update your recovery.
      4.2 adds the /0 to handle multiple users.

      Google will be your friend on step by step instructions on when/what to delete.

    • rodney11ride

      Ive researched and all people can say is to “move” the files via solid explorer type app or via desktop…

  • Gabe

    where’s PA 3+ for toro?? went to the site and only found it for maguro

  • 92slammer

    Is WiFi tether fixed on Verizon S3 on this build?

  • Travis Shepherd

    Been looking to rom my Gtab 2, but developement seems pretty sparse, I’ve heard rumors AOKP dropped the p31xx & p51xx developement. is this true? I really want to bump my tab up to 4.2.1.

  • Dave

    Probably going to have to root and ROM my GN2. Recent OTA murdered battery life, connectivity, and previously flawless radio performance. Definitely the last OTA I install without waiting to see how it worked. Unless there is a way to stay stock and revert OTAs….

  • lamenting

    Hoping build 3 of AOKP fixes the panorama issues and general laggyness of the camera on my G-Nex.

  • Rodeojones000

    If you’re an AOKP fan, check out the AOKP PUB builds by Steve Spear (official AOKP developer). PUB stands for Project Unicorn Butter and it’s essentially a faster, smoother version of AOKP. I run the Toro and Manta builds and they’re easily the best ROMs I’ve ever used.

  • DanWazz

    Made the switch to PA last week on my toro, because the PIE feature. I love it. Solid and stable ROM with decent battery life and great customization features.

    On a side note, I run stock on my Nexus 7 and find myself swiping to bring up the PIE function when I use it. Derp.

  • Reg

    Are there better ROMs than AOKP for d2vzw?

  • Dustin Murphy

    what is your best ROM recommendation for an OG RAZR?

  • I’ve been running Paranoid for a while. The pie feature is a killer app, as funny as it sounds.

    The ability to force apps to go full screen that normally don’t is a game changer. Especially for video streaming apps that don’t fully hide the softkeys, like Crunchyroll. Thanks to Pie, I can go full screen on them, and still use the keys to navigate.

  • wish there was more for razr hd

    • KleenDroid

      Maybe Motorola will sell a phone in the future with fully unlockable bootloaders. Then the development community will return in full force.

  • mh

    I highly recommend Eclipse by Nitro for Galaxy Nexus. No other roms seems to compare. Is my daily driver and it’s rock solid stable. Eclipse 3.1 build 6 was just released for toro. Also available for maguro and toro plus. Nitro also has roms for SG3, Note2, and many others.

    • DanWazz

      Eclipse is very solid, and I like the inverted look. Saves on battery life.

      • MichaelFranz

        Nitro just released Eclipse for the d2VZW (VZW Galaxy S3) and its stellar, perfect mix of touchwiz and AOSP theming, much loved by everyone

  • Backs4IU

    I’m running with the “Team Sourcery” ROM (JB4.2.1) Its fast with a ton of options. I’ve tried BB, AOKP, and others. But I keep coming back to Sourcery. I used to run Sourcery on my OG Droid as well. Boy, them were the days! http://teamsourcery.com/

    • Backs4IU

      By the way I’m using a GNEX.

    • Timothy McGovern

      You sound like you’re a developer trying to promote it lol. Maybe it’s just me.

  • tyguy829

    Does anyone have any suggestions? I can’t seem to find a good rom for my gnex.
    I want something with good battery life, and some features (like expandable volume control, customizable quick settings, etc.), and decently fast. There has been a problem with everything I tried. CM was slow, AOKP sucked battery, Shiny is just like stock, and Paranoid was buggy.

    • James Baranowski

      Try MMuzzy. There are a couple of different flavors, I went to this from BB. I also changed to air-kernel for fast charge and have been liking it. Battery life has always been the issue on the gnex, but this combination has been good for me.

    • KleenDroid

      Try Purity ROM with the Purity kernel.

  • Is it just me, or was that video a walkthrough rather than a review? Anyway, I’ve been using ParanoidAndroid for a few weeks now, and I love it. It’s totally solid on Toro, and has good battery life to boot.

    I tried using the Pie for a while, and while I loved the extra screen real estate, I found it too troublesome to have to push up the pie interface every time I wanted to see notifications, or even just hit ‘back.’ So I went to one of their ‘tablet modes’ and haven’t looked back. I still save a lot of screen space compared to stock (the notifications bar is folded into the taskbar, which is also made thinner), and haven’t lost any functionality. Also, the taskbar per-app color changes are much nicer than you’d think — for example, you can see what app’s running from the lockscreen by the color, and the smooth fades make it seem like a really well designed feature.

    If you like to tweak, this is the ROM for you. You can set the DPI of every app, or the OS as a whole, among other features. Overall, though text can be small at times, I feel like I’m finally taking advantage of my 720p screen by forcing tablet mode on most apps. When I don’t like it, it’s easy to make a per-app exception.

    Highly recommended.

    • try looking at smart statusbar. it lets you drag from the top to reaveal the statusbar even in expanded desktop mode. and its free!

    • brando56894

      Although I haven’t used v3 I have been using the 2.99 beta builds one and off and they were pretty damn good. I used “The Pie” (LMT launcher) on the current ROM I’m running and it is an awesome feature, it does get annoying sometimes and it takes some getting used to. To remedy this I decreased the animation time from 80 down to 20 which makes it appear a hell of a lot quicker, I also made my nav bar auto-hide (AOKP feature) so that I can get to it with a quick swipe up from the bottom if LMT decides that it doesn’t want to work. If that fails for some reason also, I had the standard four buttons in my power menu.

      • Yeah, AOKP and LMT launcher sounds like a better combination for using the pie, though I found LMT to have a higher learning curve than I had time for. But the customizability was clearly amazing, and with AOKP you have more status/notification bar options. But I don’t think it can do the tablet-style combined bar, which I prefer. I did turn the pie to instant, which helped a lot, but in the end I found I depend on seeing the notification bar all the time.

        • brando56894

          You can enable tablet UI in AOKP 😀 Myself I’ve always kept the notification bar hidden while on my home screens, on everything else it’s kind of necessary to have it there.

    • TemplesOfSyrinx

      I too have been using PA 3.0. I love it. Great options and great battery life using AK dummy kernel.

      IMO it is best to set it for Tablet UI 250. This makes it unnecessary to bring up the pie to see notifications. All you need to do is swipe down on the screen anywhere and the notification window appears! Give it a try.

  • Been running paranoid on my Nexus 4 and 7 for quite a while…such a fantastic rom!

  • AVRCP 1.3 yet?

  • Booyah

    Looks to me like PA is moving ahead of AOKP. I’ve been running AOKP for months, but there hasn’t been anything that’s had that “wow” factor. Seems time for a switch.

  • Greg Morgan

    I wish there was a PA for GS3. I can’t find a link, if any one knows of one, let me know.


    Jelly Beans ROM! Note 2!

  • EvanTheGamer

    Currently my Galaxy Nexus is sporting Bugless Beast 4.1.2 ROM. But later today after work, I’ll be getting my Galaxy Nexus ready for the shiniest of ROMS, Shiny 4.2.1 ROM!

    Reason is is that while the BB ROM has been FANTASTIC over the past few months, I’m now getting dropped calls as well as pretty frequent unexpected reboots. Plus I hear Shiny ROM is incredible! So I’ll give it a shot and see what happens. Sure it’ll be awesome!

    • John

      Cool…that and BB is done pretty much

      • EvanTheGamer


      • What do you mean BB is “done pretty much?”

        • John

          He’s stopped development …or “when he has time”. He posted on G+ couple months ago about it. He got a life or something (his words) & didn’t dev it for others to use it. He just wanted something that worked for him in the long run (also his words). My paraphrased summary.

          • Thanks. I hate to hear that. His ROMs were as minimalist as they go.

    • Had a coworker with similar issues that started recently on BB…Good excuse to update to a 4.2 rom!

      • EvanTheGamer

        Yes sir! Looking forward to installing a new ROM finally.

        Last week when I was on an important call, the call was dropped and I went berserk! lol That’s when I knew I had to unfortunately get rid of BB. Was awesome while it lasted but can’t afford any more dropped calls.

        • just wanted to point out 99.9999999% of dropped calls have nothing to do with the rom your running… While I totally support you urge to flash a new rom it will not change the amount of dropped calls your having.

          • EvanTheGamer

            Good point. Well..it’ll still be nice to see the endless reboots go away.

    • James_Kernicky

      Let us know what you think, I dropped BB last night for AOKP but I want to check out Shiny too. AOKP seems pretty smooth so far, although I did have to wipe and flash twice to get it working smoothly.

    • DanWazz

      Make sure your recovery is up to date before you go to 4.2. A lot of people still don’t check this when they make the switch.

      • EvanTheGamer

        Oh yeah, I did this last night when I went to make a full system backup. I like to do things in advance before switching ROMs so nothing bad occurs later on.

        It’s Touch Recovery, correct? Just want to make sure that it’s the same for everyone else.

        • sk3litor

          I’m not on touch but yes that is correct

          • EvanTheGamer

            Thanks dude!

        • Sloan Marion
        • Jwhap

          I would also recommend flashing from fast boot and not from the ROM manager app. Things seem to get wonky when flashing 4.2 from the ROM manager.

          • EvanTheGamer

            Oh, really?! Yeah, I was actually looking through the Shiny ROM installation instructions and noticed that he wasn’t telling users to boot into CWRT directly from ROM Manager, but to boot into the bootloader by switching the phone off, then holding both volume/power buttons at the same time. Then install the ROM from there. That’s one of the instructions.

            And then he listed out Fastboot method instructions on installing the ROM. So the Fastboot method is the best way to install 4.2 ROMs, correct?

            Thanks man.

          • Jwhap

            Either one. I have done both. The boot loader way works just fine. Just don’t use ROM manager or you will be pulling hairs for a few hours.

          • EvanTheGamer

            Hey man, just an update. Waited a bit until the dev of Shiny to update the ROM with 4.2.2, then on the 13th, he finally updated it, so last night I finally flashed Shiny! And so far, it’s freakin’ BRILLIANT, fast, smooth and shiny! It’s a great ROM! Even installed a few MODs along with it. haha.

            Glad ya guys chimed in about it as I wasn’t sure what ROM would be great or what, but this one seems to be the best stock ROM yet! Might even be better than BB…possibly. lol

          • Jwhap

            Did you figure out how to unlock Dev options. I saw you comment on rootzwiki and want sure if anyone answered.

          • EvanTheGamer

            Ha ha! Yeah, a user as well as the dev let me know how to unlock Developer options. That’s pretty awesome actually. Sorta like an easter egg. haha.

            Thanks man.

    • zwade

      Relevance…? This article is on custom ROMs, not stock ROMs with Superuser installed.

      • EvanTheGamer

        And, your point being?

        It’s also a free Country and I can choose to make whatever comments I want, whether being relevant to the topic at hand or not. 🙂

    • KleenDroid

      Advice you can take or leave. There are a few very nice ROMs other than what is mentioned. I have tried them all and I have my opinion of what runs best on my phone. I think you should try each of them and see what is best for you. Everyone has an opinion about ROMs and none of them matter unless you agree. There are a few very popular ROMs… And they tend not to be the ones I like best.

      Try for yourself.

  • I would hold off on the Paranoid 3+ ROM. Ever since I put it on my phone, I’ve had weird SIM card issues where the phone tells me I need to reboot. I’m posting something to their XDA Forum line.

    • ßen Murphy

      As soon as I installed it, it dialed the Activation number during setup. It was weird. Back to AOKP nightlies for me =)

      • Same here. I guess they figured to put that functionality there, but the fact that it dialed out and tried to activate itself also gave me pause.

    • David Narada Brown

      Ive been running PA 3+ all weekend. Ive had no issues at all. I did flash tinykernel it improved the speed, but this Rom is my favorite and will probably take me all the way to my next phone (hoping that will be the Motorola X phone). Oh im running this on the Galaxy Nexus.

      • I’ve had it tell me 3 times already that I’ve been disconnected from the LTE network because of SIM cards issues. I’ve never had that happen to me before with version 2.99, so the fact that it is happening here tells me there is some sort of bug. Not putting Paranoid down. They have a decent ROM.

        • KleenDroid

          I’ve tried the paranoid ROM and its cute and all but not my cup of tea.

  • Bewara2009

    Any idea if they have this rom for the note 2 verizon?