The team behind the popular custom ROM Paranoid Android revealed the first build that incorporates a recent apps interface similar to Android L.

The new interface is currently available in PA 4.5 Alpha 1, a preview build meant to showcase design changes that are currently in the works. Announced last week, the new recent apps interface is obviously inspired by the card-based recent apps that Google is previewing in L release. As you can see from the video, the two implementations are quite similar, down to the swipe to dismiss behavior and the animations.

As a preview build, there may be issues and inconsistencies, both in terms of functionality and in appearance. As such, the 4.5 Alpha 1 build is not recommended for users that are looking for a stable, consistent experience on their phones.

For users who prefer the stable branch, the team has also released PA 4.43, which contains bug fixes and other small tweaks.

Here’s the official changelog (common to both 4.43 and 4.5 Alpha 1):

  • ParanoidOTA fixes and cleanup
  • Fix daydream duplicates
  • Theme Engine upstream patches
  • Quicksettings fixes
  • Pie will be activated in apps that use immersive mode if Pie is enabled via on the spot

PA 4.5 Alpha 1 builds and PA 4.43 builds are currently available for modern Nexus devices, while ROMs for other devices may become available on the legacy project page.

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.
  • MasterMuffin

    Funny enough they said that they had that design before Google showed it in I/O (and if I remember correctly, they even had proof of that). Ba da pa pa paa I’m flashing it :D

    • Shark Bait

      PA had the new style notifications and colored top bar first too. Cyanogen had quick settings first. Google seems to borrow a lot from custom roms. Android openness at work! its a good thing!

    • thomas sim

      Don’t forgot, Android L recent view was inspired or borrowed from Chrome browser that exist long ago.

      • MasterMuffin

        No they stole it from Safari in iOS 8!!!111!! ;)

  • Subhojit

    Someone Xpose the Recent Panel! Too happy to remain on stock!

    • xoj_21

      PLEASE someone xposed that >(

      • Sfera Dev

        Please someone kill with fire Xposed….

  • Jaromir KM Bracki

    Is that still KK? Or the L itself?

    • thomas sim

      Kit Kat.

  • It exposes how lazy Google is – PA team with few guys around the desk could create such feature in matter of few weeks. Google tries to make us believe they are working hard for 8 months on writing new features. Duh…

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