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.  (more…)

LMT Launcher Brings “PIE” Goodness Without the Custom ROM

LMT Launcher

If you have been following our coverage of Paranoid Android ROM’s PIE and full desktop features, then we also wanted to direct you to an app with similar qualities that can be installed outside of a ROM. It’s called LMT Launcher, and it has been around for quite some time – November 2011 to be exact. It received a pretty major update today, though, so we wanted to make sure you were all aware of it. Its set of features is quite close to the PIE from PA’s ROM that we showed you, but only requires that you be rooted in order to use it. So for those of you looking for PIE goodness while remaining stock, this is an option.  (more…)

Paranoid Android’s “PIE” Feature is Now Incredibly Fast, Closer Than Ever to Prime Time

PIE paranoid android

Last week, we were the first to highlight a feature in Paranoid Android’s ROM called “expanded desktop mode” – better known now as PIE. We called it the coolest ROM feature we had seen in quite some time, even if it was a bit slow and buggy. We could see the potential, something that is now close to a reality.

Yesterday, the PA team posted a status update along with a new video to show the progress they had made. After having re-wrote almost all of the code from scratch, PIE is now “blazing fast” thanks to hardware acceleration and optimized drawing. There is no lag anymore – just watch the video at the bottom of the post to see how far it has come. They are still calling it a beta, yet are willing to admit that it’s mostly good enough for daily use.

Their post claimed that new builds with this latest PIE should be ready within hours. Are any of you running this?  (more…)

“Expanded Desktop Mode” in Paranoid Android ROM is the Coolest ROM Feature I’ve Seen in a Long Time

paranoid rom

The guys behind Paranoid Android ROM are in the process of finishing up their latest build, version 3.0. In a quick teaser to help get their base excited about the release, they published a video that highlights a their “Expanded Desktop Mode” and some of its new features. What is “Expanded Desktop Mode,” you ask? Only the coolest ROM feature I have seen in quite some time.  (more…)