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New Paranoid Android Builds Feature Halo 2.0, Looks Freakin’ Sweet


The team of Paranoid Android launched Halo, their floating notifications solution, back in May of this year. Since then, it has become a very popular feature among the rooted community, with other developers even taking the source code to create their own standalone applications. 

With all of that said, the team introduced Halo 2.0 last Friday. It is baked into the newest builds of PA, and features some fantastic improvements over the original Halo. The boys made a video showing off the new Halo, which we placed above. To sum it up in words, the “app” features multi-touch now, deals with way more than just viewing notifications (handles built-in system settings), and lots more.

Builds are already available on the servers, so if you are interested in giving Halo 2.0 a try, go for it. Make sure to create a backup, then flash the new ROM zip and the Gapps zip following that.

Let us know what you think.

Via: +Paranoid Android

  • hans

    no tilapia build in ages :-/ we miss 4.3

  • Ryan B

    I still think that someone needs to redo Samsung’s multi-window feature in a holo style. This is close but I want to look directly at 2 apps at once sometimes. And if any ROM team was possible it would be this one.

    • Big_EZ

      It’s already been done, project cornerstone. It didn’t get very far before Google? stopped it.

      • Ryan B

        Which is why i trust pa to be the ones to finish it. They are dedicated.

      • Jonathan Reid

        Why would google stop it?

        • Came too close to forking Android. And I don’t think Google stopped it so much as CM realized it would run afoul of Google.

        • Big_EZ

          The person who replied from Google said it wasn’t fair for developers who may get bad reviews if their apps aren’t resolution agnostic, and may not run properly. This is the reason Samsung’s multi window only has a few apps that work without rooting. I personally don’t see the problem, only advanced users would have it and they should understand that some apps may not function perfectly. I use several apps that don’t run so great on multi window, but I know they aren’t built for adjustable resolution and I don’t lower my reviews based on that.

      • MagicMike Kelley

        Since when does that stop developers from doing stuff?

  • RavnosCC

    Halo 2.0, looking better than ever. Go PA!

  • Ryan Ropero

    I’m running PA on my GS3. Love the ability to adjust dpi per apps. Halo is amazing.
    This is why you root your phone!!

  • Shane Redman

    I have PA….but I don’t use halo or pie *sad face*

    • Obvious Sarcasm

      That’s like owning a Veyron and saying you never go higher than second gear…

      • mustbepbs

        Why? I’d argue that using PIE is just an alternate way of navigation, rather than an improvement (which I think it’s a lot harder to use). As for Halo, I never am doing so much at one time on my phone that I need something like this. I’d wager that I’m not the minority, either.

        • Obvious Sarcasm

          What I meant by my comment was, why get something known for having a certain perk/option/extra/feature if you didn’t plan to use that perk/option/extra/feature? I never stated PIE or Halo was an improvement.

          • mustbepbs

            You basically did. You said why own a Ferrari if you’re not going higher than second gear. Going higher than second gear is obviously an improvement in speed, thus your analogy was surmising that the features OP stated he didn’t use, PIE and Halo, were improvements.

            Logic dictates this.

          • Obvious Sarcasm

            Unfortunately, I’d have to agree with you; flawed logic does dictate that. Your presumption that an increase in velocity directly translates to creating a desirable condition in a car can be easily contradicted by a child attending kindergarten. Furthermore, I’ll be a bit pedantic and reiterate, I never STATED in my initial comment that PIE or Halo are improvements. If another analogy is required to facilitate comprehensive synthesis of my initial and rather simple analogy, here it is: That’s like packing a Swiss army knife for a camping trip to specifically use it as a paperweight.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    looks good for phablets and tablets.

  • bboyairwreck


  • ImmaDroid

    Damn, that game looks sick.. Downloading!

  • Owen Harvey

    Game is called True Skate

  • Brandon Landfried

    I’m more interested in the game that he was playing.

    • Chippah

      touchgrind perhaps?

      • ImmaDroid

        True Skate

    • ImmaDroid

      lol I was thinking the same thing.

    • Fozzybare

      true skate. it was posted on the g+ post

  • Eric Whitaker

    Its a sad day when you look at a new Rom and you think… My phone can’t run that. “Looking at you my GNex”.

    • Shaunwin

      And why is it that the GNex is unable to run it?

    • Stnkycheezman

      There were a lot of roms that were giving me some heartache like you. Both mine and my wife’s Gnex was running sooo slow it hurt.

      But I’m not sure if you’ve tried some of the more recent ROM’s out there. I’m currently running liquidsmooth 2.9 and it’s been awesome for a few weeks now. Other ROM’s (including older liquid roms) were noticeably slower after flashing just a week or so…liquidsmooth 2.9 is great.

      I’ve also heard good things about 4.3 based roms.

      give some roms another shot if you haven’t already! =) good luck

      • Eric Whitaker

        PA has never run well for more than a day or two. Liquid and Carbon have been the best. Currently running Liquid 2.9 it runs great as a daily. But I’m always trying new roms.

    • spearman792

      I’m running Carbon, which has Halo 2.0 implemented in it, and it runs really smoothly in my opinion!

      • AMPthe13th

        I second Carbon. Just flashed the first 4.3 nightly for toro yesterday and so far so good.

        • vonny571

          Third for Carbon on the GNex. Running 1.8 stable with Fancy kernal and it’s a great daily driver. Doesn’t have Halo 2.0 though, you have to run the nightlies for that and I’m not sure they’ve done that for toro yet?

          • spearman792

            Yeah check out the 4.3 nightlies of carbon. The toro builds have Halo 2.0 included. No new build out for toro today though…

          • AMPthe13th

            8-18 was the first 4.3 nightly for toro. It’s what I flash yesterday. 8-19 says it finished building about 3 hours ago but is listed as unstable so I don’t know if it was uploaded or not.

    • MikeKorby

      I was having issues with my Toro Nexus. Recently I updated my CM Nightly build. By doing a clean install, and by changing my user habits slightly, the experience has changed significantly.

    • palomosan

      I’ve been running PA since it came out on my Gnex so i don’t know what you’re taking about.

  • Joe

    what game is that????