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Video: First Look at Paranoid Android’s Halo Feature in Action


We first wrote up that the Paranoid Android team was working on something big earlier this week, with many folks voicing quite a bit of excitement. It appeared to be a multi-window/Chat Heads feature that allows users to be inside any app and access other app’s notifications from anywhere on the device, without having to access the notification bar. So in essence, this feature acts as a Chat Head, but is completely system wide for all apps. Today, we are getting our first real look at Halo

Halo looks to almost reinvent the way we interact with notifications, taking regular multi-tasking and injecting it with steroids. So far, it looks very smooth for still being in early development stages, which has me pretty excited.

It is still unavailable for download, but as soon as alpha builds starting going up, we will link you to them.

Cheers Shamus!

  • dualclutch

    What is that icon set in the video preview

  • patbreda

    To hell with this thing. I want to move whatever i want.
    😉 keep up the good work. Love it.

  • Manthas

    Adding in just another awesome feature to this ROM. I ~love~ all of the customization options that PA gives; it honestly brought new life to my GNex, and unless many of these features make their way into other ROMs, it will probably play a big role in deciding what my next phone will be when the time comes.

  • My body is ready.

  • Dillon Brown

    I love me some pure vanilla android, but I may have to try this PA rom for this and everything else they are doing

    • rodney11ride

      This rom is “pure” vanilla android. There is no skin. It does have some customization ability. But, yes it is PURE

  • MichaelFranz

    I think it would be cool to see google release an optimized special release of Android with some of the built in customizations from ROMs like AOKP, CM, PA.

    This is defintely a feature i am looking forward to trying, this with PIE might make my day

  • chrisitan

    one quick question “can you move it and do whatever the hell you want”

  • Pie Control didn’t do it. “Tablet UI” didn’t do it. If something makes me ditch AOKP and move to PA – this will be it.

  • Riyadh Karim


  • Christopher Riner

    Ric flaire said it best. Juuuust tooooo sweeeeeeet

  • Seth Schorr

    Not a Facebook user, so Chat Heads never appealed to me. But this…. WOW. My Mind Hole has been blown.

  • I imagine they’d be happy they inspired the android crowd, and this will
    change android. after all thats what they wanted always and yet all
    they got was hate and bad play ratings

  • Alex Hutchins

    I don’t really care for the actually circle thing. I hope if I remove that “halo”, clicking a notification in the notification bar will still bring up a windowed app (like PA’s first demo video). That would be awesome.

  • So will this just be for rooted phones?

    • Brandon Golway


      • I haz a sad. I don’t know how to rootz 🙁

        • The company that made your smartphone OS also has a search engine feature!!!

        • Brandon Golway

          Step up your game and learn how to do it! 🙂

  • Lane252

    man this is why i’d never go back to cr apple

  • Release the damn thing already my Nexus 4 is waiting!!!

  • Eat your heart out Apple

    • rodney11ride

      Iphone 7s now with face bubbles…. lol

  • would love to see this as a standalone app

    • MikeCiggy

      Even if they were able to do that it would 100% require root

  • Chris Hollenbeck


  • So if it wasn’t for Facebook, how long would this have taken to come up with? Seems like such a simple idea that should have been around awhile ago.

  • shehippie


  • Shane Redman

    Holly chat heads, batman!

  • Bigwavedave25

    Android devs never cease to amaze me. They can take an idea and figure out a way to make it much more functional than the original intention. 🙂

    • And so many people don’t realize this.

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      Yup. Haha this feature will “blow your mindhole”.

  • soniceth

    Can’t wait to flash this.

    Also, what Live Wallpaper is that? Haven’t seen it yet

  • sonicdeth

    Can’t wait to flash this.

    Also, what Live Wallpaper is that?

  • pd240

    This really does seem like a great way to deal with notifications. I really liked using chat heads but hate Facebook so I am pretty excited about this release.

  • punkroyale

    ‘You can move it to wherever the HELL you want.’ Does this guy also sell used vacuum cleaners door-to-door? Ha ha.

    • michael arazan

      It was a nice Vacuum cleaner at a reasonable rate, and he showed me why I couldn’t live without it

  • John Burke

    Make this an App on Google Play, PLEASE!
    Ninja SMS & the few other Chat Head Apps aren’t enough…

    • David Becker

      I think this may be hard to do since it would need to integrated with android to intercept notifications and launch the application within itself. I don’t think a android app has that kind of power to launch another app inside itself.

      This would lead to all sorts of security risks like running your banking app inside of a malicious app that logs your password.

  • Brent Nichols

    Brilliant. I was thinking all chat apps should copy the new Facebook Messenger, but it makes a lot of sense to tie that bubble idea into any app with notifications for smooth multi-tasking. Really, really nice.

  • Captain_Doug

    Android wins everytime.

  • Jon Lambert

    Why are all the Halo apps in tablet format?

    • Captain_Doug

      He was using paranoid android. You can choose which apps open up in tablet or phone mode.

  • Yes! I can’t wait… PA FTW again!

  • PA Team has been ”snapping” these past few months

  • This is something I can’t wait for. I’ve been on PA ever since the only feature was tablet mode.

    • I had it when they came out with the pie feature, but I reverted back to stock after it became too buggy. Now the stock rom is also buggy. So I started to look at other ROMs and I was considering going with BAMF but that’s when I saw PA G+ post about this new feature. So now I’m patiently waiting for this build to come out.

      • PA was never buggy for me on my GS3.

  • I honestly can’t stand it. The facebook messenger that was updated recently really got on my nerves, it just gets in the way and I have to drag it to the x to get rid of it every time. Make it so you “fling” it away like other icons in jelly bean and it would help, but I’ll still take my notification bar 8 days a week.

    • You can flick the Chat Heads pop up away. That is confirmed.

      • ReturnOfTheMack

        No more soup nazi…

    • Dude I think you missed that in the in video. Make sure u dont blink this time

  • Shamus Murray

    I’m honored to have been given a “cheers”

  • lgreg64


    • PA is gonna get appled

    • from who?

    • nsnsmj

      I don’t doubt that this is partially inspired by Chatheads, but considering this works system-wide, with any app, I’m inclined to believe this is something they’ve been working on for a long time; maybe even before Facebook showed off Home.

      Not saying the little bubble popup wasn’t inspired by Chatheads, but surely the actual important behind-the-scene stuff has been worked on for a while. Plus, Chatheads is really only for messaging. This seems to work with anything.

      • Shane Redman

        Change it to a square, call it box’d and there ya go, lawsuit avoided

        • PhillipCun

          NinjaSMS already does this

          • Justin Winker

            Pentagon’d then.

          • JetBlue

            Pentagon has a patent on Pentagons.

          • Traingle Heads!

          • Nathaniel_Graham

            No it doesn’t. Halo works with all notifications, not just sms and FB messenger.

      • They got the idea from both facebook and the galaxy note 2. Its posted on there G+ page

    • PhillipCun


    • i imagine they’d be happy they inspired the android crowd, and this will change android. after all thats what they wanted always and yet all they got was hate and bad play ratings. they’ve been credited with bells and whistles on pa’s g+, what more can they ask for. theres no money to be generated through this anyway so yeah mark zuckerberg can try to destroy my life for trying to make my phone better.

  • JetBlue

    When this comes out Tim better do a Custom ROM Friday for it

    • Oh, you know it!

    • I was thinking the same thing but its too soon. Once the alpha builds are out, this should be featured.

  • T4rd

    As Kleendroid would say: Amazing.