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Paranoid Android Is Back With Android 7.1.2 Build

Paranoid Android recently released a teaser which indicates that it is returning with a refreshed Pie control and Android Nougat. While there are few users who are doubtful about the news but, there are some who have already prepared their list of features that will be seen on Paranoid. According to the teaser, the team of Paranoid is ready to make a comeback with a bunch of new devices with Android 7.1.2 Nougat.

According to Paranoid, they have a new system that utilizes the hardware better and is lighter than ever. It ships with a pre-configured kernel that ensures a “fluid, lag-free performance.” The PA team is also indicating improvements for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T specifically on the ROM’s picture-taking capabilities. The picture quality and image processing is stated to be significantly better than the stack OxygenOS software. So, the drawback of poor picture quality on switching to AOSP-based ROM will not be there.

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There are specifically designed features for OnePlus devices which include PA’s famous pie controls, with a new interface called the Color Engine. The ROM supports a whole bunch of gestures including drawing letters on the screen to launch applications/shortcuts. The other features include on-the-spot-controls, immersive mode, battery styles, advanced power dialog, recent app locking, quick pull-down, substratum support and enhanced kernel +control.

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The other specific features for OnePlus include advanced button control, gesture control, alert slider support, fingerprint enhancements, and camera enhancements.

Paranoid Android Key Features

Pie Controls

If you are not aware of Pie control then first you need to enable the Immersive Mode to use Pie. This mode can be enabled from the Quick Settings tile in the notification shade. With the immersive mode, you will be prompt to enable Pie. Once enabled, you can initiate Pie from a swipe up from the bottom edge of your screen.
You can switch pie positions by holding your finger over one of the snap points on either side of the display. A user can also customize Pie to get personalized experience on the device. By holding you finger while the Pie controls  are displayed, you will see a settings icons to access Pie control customization. A quick control to launch Google Assistant is also there at the top.

Color Engine

It is a new feature introduced by Paranoid Android that allows users to change themes on-the-fly. The Color Engine can be accessed under Settings then Display and then Theme section. Through this, a user can set the primary and base color of the system. There is also an option to enable a dark theme to support an AMOLED Display. Before fixing the theme, the Color Theme previews your selected theme.


Paranoid Android Gestures

The updated PA supports onscreen and off screen gestures. On-screen gestures include drawing letters to launch an application or quickly toggle something like the flashlight. The list of off-screen gestures include standard double-tap to wake the device, and one finger swipe up/right to launch the selected shortcut. Gestures such as double tapping the power button to launch the camera and lifting the phone to check notifications are also supported out of the box.


Paranoid Android is known for producing innovative features wrapped in an impressive style. With a collaboration of Hampus Olsson, the default wallpaper of the ROM is as stylish as the ones in OnePlus.

For now, devices like Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, OnePlus 3/3T are supported and the team is on the final stage of testing on devices like OnePlus 2, Nextbit Robin, Google Nexus 5, OnePlus X and OnePlus One. The team will soon enhance the list of supported devices to reach more consumers. Let’s see how the new version of Paranoid Android performs.


Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.