Paranoid Android 4.3 Beta 6 takes all the awesome features and improves them

by: Edgar CervantesMay 22, 2014

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The Paranoid Android ROM keeps surprising us with amazing features, but today’s update is a little different. The team has taken features like Peek, Hover, and Floating Window, and improved them further. These functions had some security holes that needed patching. There’s also support for new features and some bug fixes (as usual). Let’s take a look at the change log!


  • Logic improvements
  • Don’t show on sim pin
  • Implement blacklist feature


  • Logic improvements
  • Don’t show on sim pin
  • Fixed notification clicker on some notifications
  • In call improvements
  • Once expanded current hover notification stay there until you touch outside or de-expand it.
  • When incoming call notification drops down is locked and no other notifications are processed until call’s end. To dismiss it (hide), decline/accept call clicking the buttons or open the dialer tapping on the notification
  • Fix some spam
  • Hide on dismiss (even from a button inside notif, reflects live parent android notification removal)

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Floating window:

  • Implement blacklist feature


  • Complete Italian translations of public git source (thank you crowdin contributers)
  • Dismiss IME when floating window is dismissed
  • Keep app when opening floating window from recents panel
  • Some upstream fixes
  • PAOTA fixes

For those who don’t know about these features, they are quite amazing. Peek is much like Motorola’s Active Display, which let’s you take a look at recent notifications and act upon them without turning on the screen. Hover and Floating Windows are all about multi-tasking and notifications. Actually, you can even download Peek and use it with any smartphone (read all about it here)!

Do remember you must flash the Paranoid Android ROM to take advantage of said features, though. If you know what you are doing and are willing to risk your warranty and/or device, you can go ahead and download the new version of the custom ROM. It’s available for most Nexus devices at the Paranoid Android team’s website.

  • Corbin Crutch

    Oh yeah!

  • Otto Andersson

    I’m new to the whole custom roms thing. Is this better than cyanogenmod and why?

    • That’s a matter of perspective, and performance-wise, it really depends on the device you’re using. There’s no “best” here, they both have their unique features and their weaknesses. You have to try them both to see which one will you like.

    • You can say PA Rom is the creative brother of CM

    • Humberto Hernandez

      There is no “best” ROM, because, based on your needs, you will find a rom quite more useful than others.

      Cyanogen used to be something like the best rom, i mean, it was a balanced rom, but i all went down when they become a company.

      Paranoid, paranoid was always creating new features, im amazed of what they have done so far.

    • evilfatcow

      I used PA on my Nexus 4 and love it. True, you can’t say ones the best as its supposed to be tailored to you, but it has amazing features that make it one of the of the top roms. reasons why are the above features. mimicking active notifications, as well as hover. I had HALO on my Nexus 4 and loved it.

    • grumpyfuzz

      Try them both out, decide for yourself :)

      • Otto Andersson

        Lol I’m a busy dude. It’s why I like to get a quick poll from people who do this type of stuff on a full time basis.

  • Robert Blake

    Wheres the rom for this? Im using a sgs2…

    • Oliver Ward

      i’m with this guy, is this available for non nexus devices & if so where? i’ve not seen it anywhere

      • Foxsprout

        It’s available on xda. I’m using G2 and been using them for a while before going back to stock. All I can say is that PA is awesome !!

    • Rob Triggs

      Check out XDA, I found this:

      It’s Beta3 rather than Beta6, so it won’t have all these features. It will take some time to port over the latest features to other devices.

  • Ikke

    Does anyone know if hover is available as an xposed module? I know there are plenty of apps out there that basically do the same, but I like hover. I would give PA another try but since there are no PA-settings, I’ll stick with resurrection remix rom for the S2.

  • Lith

    I would love if they would let me use the motorola features with paranoid though… :( I miss my touchless controls when using PA… :(

  • grumpyfuzz

    Patiently awaiting PA 4.4 Beta 1….. (Hybrid or a random surprise feature lol)

  • Harjifangki

    Still no hybrid engine?
    Oh man, I guess I’ll just go back to my corner and weep.