PA team shows off new quick settings and immersive mode for Paranoid Android 4.0

by: Andrew GrushNovember 25, 2013

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Back in late September, the Paranoid Android team revealed that their plans for Android 4.4 KitKat included making their latest ROM from scratch in an effort to improve the overall experience provided by the PA ROM.

Now the Paranoid Android team has even released its first video teasers showing off just a little of what to expect in Paranoid Android 4.0.

In the first video, the team shows off its new quick settings that are activated from the navigation bar. As you can see in the video below, there’s quite a few options here and the quick settings are apparently customizable as well.

In the second video, the team gives us a look at their brand new immersive mode. In Android 4.4 KitKat, Google introduced its own immersive mode that hides the navigation and status bar in select apps, and now the PA team has taken the same idea and enabled it throughout the entire OS. As you can see in the second video, accessing the hidden status and navigation bars is as easy as swiping from the top or bottom of a device.

When they are shown, they are completely transparent, meaning they don’t block or take up any additional screen space.

Okay so quick settings and full-screen browsing modes are nothing new, but it shows that PA is looking to take familiar concepts and improve them substantially in Paranoid Android 4.0. While neither of these changes are the end of the world, it’s the little things that make the most difference.

So when can we except to see the first KitKat-based build from the PA team? Unfortunately, the team has yet to give us a timeframe, though here’s to hoping the date isn’t too terribly far away. What do you think of the reworked quick setting and immersive mode, impressed or not?

  • Can’t wait for this!

  • MasterMuffin

    According to their G+ page, they are dropping the tablet UI from the hybrid engine, because Android 4.4 is missing many required files :( It would have been nice to have it on Nexus 5, because its screen’s DPI&PPI is so high.

  • Dimitar Gospodinov

    I am running 3.65 on my S3 and I have the hiding nav bar and notification bar so it is nothing new…I think Google is copying there…personally hope if they can improve battery life ‘couse it is horrible this doesn’t stop me for using it as a daily ROM…keep it up! Best ROM out there!

    • Shark Bait

      yeah google oftern pick bits from custom roms, its part of the reason why android is awesome!

    • Azeem

      Weird, cuz I run an ALPHA build of 4.4 KitKat and my battery life went great.

      • Dimitar Gospodinov

        maybe…and I hope it is great…as I said I am running 3.65…

  • Xavier_NYC

    I’m running the Alpha 4.0 build on my D800 LG G2 and I’m loving it.. It’s pretty smooth for an alpha build. Haven’t had any bugs or issues so far. Kit Kat is pretty damn nice on the G2

    • TheStig

      Couldn’t agree more man. BTW, Gravity Box now works with kit kat. It made things lamost perfect. All I need now is some battery icon mods for percentage and I could probably live with this build for a while.

      • Christopher Glenn

        The battery icon mods in gravity box let you get a circle with percentage battery icon with 4.4 as well.

        • TheStig

          Yeah, but it’s themed with the old blue holo color. No fun in that :)

          • Christopher Glenn

            Not if you enable the color change options and force it back to white. ;)

  • Pete Tandon

    Anyone know if it suffers from Touchscreen locks/hangs in Immersive Mode on Secondary User :

  • Donotbebiased

    Not sure if I’m the only who’s noticed this, or if it’s intentional, but don’t you mean “immersive mode” in the last line, not impressive mode (although it appears to be quite impressive)?

  • Shawn Matthiessen

    Uhhh…. anyone else notice that slimroms slimkat already came out with this immersive mode feature a week ago?

    • drcmda

      immersive mode is part of android, it’s nothing you take much credit for – the hook is pretty standard fare. the QS part on the other hand took work. just compare it to what cyanogenmod would serve users for years. climbing through ten million settings to add a toggle in the most ungoogly way imaginable. as the article said, this is all about care for little details, doing things as if they were native.

      • Shawn Matthiessen

        First off, I never said slimroms made the API, you’re just trying to twist my words.Second, Slimkat has nothing to do with cyanogenmod. Third, Slimroms does things way more seamlessly than PA tea, and they do it in less time. <—- this is why I was pointing out the above is biased journalism, and batently ignores the people who did it first because of some loyalty to some has-beens.