Paranoid Android 7.2.0 delivers new features, supported devices, and more
The Paranoid Android flame was reignited back on May 31 with the release of the Android 7.1.2 Nougat-based Paranoid Android 2017. The popular Android ROM had been in hiding since 2016, but is now back with support for a number of phones and the promise of more to come in future.
Since its initial release a few weeks ago, the Paranoid team has
been working on a bunch of new and improved features which have now been
released in Paranoid Android 7.2.0. Among these is Accidental Touch, a
new feature intended to prevent the effects of unwanted taps on the
display while it’s in use. Say you accidentally hit the return key or
home button while typing out a message or playing games, Accidental
Touch would stop that action from being carried out, allowing you to
continue with what you were doing. What’s more, it said to work for
hardware or software buttons too.
The next new addition, Pocket Lock, is similarly concerned with
accidental input. This aims to stop the device being meddled with while
it’s in a pocket by switching off “major input sources.” You can long
press the power button to remove the effects of Pocket Lock, should
anything go awry.
Meanwhile, Color Engine, the theme engine introduced with
Paranoid Android 2017 a few weeks ago, is getting gray as a new primary
and accent color for you to play with, while the Paranoid team has also
addressed compatibility issues with the Substratum Theme Engine.
The team noted that “most” of the reported bugs so far have now been fixed, in a press release we received via email.
Moving on, there are now a few new additions to the Paranoid Android supported device roster, including much-loved OnePlus One. The team did note, however, that some issues have held up support for the OnePlus 2 but that it will be added later when it’s in good shape. The same applies to the Nexus 5.
The Paranoid Android devs have also asked fans to respond to this poll regarding
which Sony devices they would like to receive Paranoid support in the
future. The team doesn’t have the “infrastructure” right now to cover
all of the Sony devices, so they’re looking for cues on which ones to
Here’s the list of stable handsets recently added to the lineup:
bacon – OnePlus One
onyx – OnePlus X
gemini – Xiaomi Mi5
shamu – Nexus 6
Robin – Nextbit Robin
zl1 – LeEco Le Pro3
And finally, here are some of the general improvements included in version 7.2.0.
Option for double tap to sleep on status bar
Screen off action for button settings
Fix for navigation bar swiping
Notification light fixes and improvements
Updated PA browser based on M60
Pulse on pickup fixed
Different fixes for contacts handling and integration into Google apps
Various Bluetooth connectivity fixes
Improvements for hardware key lighting
Higher quality wallpapers
Optimized fingerprint unlock speed
Fixed reboot to recovery message
Various performance enhancements
Various power related enhancements
The devs say that the kernel sources for the phones are already online, with the rest of the device specific sources going online by the end of the week.
Have you checked out Paranoid Android 2017 yet? What are your thoughts on it? Let us know in the comments.