First look at Paranoid Android’s HALO (hint: it’s phenomenal)

by: Nate SwannerMay 3, 2013

Paranoid Android notifications

Maybe you’re not big on rooting your device, and flashing a custom ROM. Perhaps that seems a bit fussy to you, or you just don’t have the time for that. It could be that custom ROMs don’t really add a lot of value for you.

You know what? I’m with you. Its just never been my thing. After seeing what Paranoid Android has done, I will be re-evaluating my stance. What we previously alluded to as pop-up notifications is actually called HALO… and it’s pretty brilliant.

Now, if HALO looks like Facebook Home to you, that’s because it is meant to. Paranoid Android makes no bones about that. They have no problem at all telling us where their inspiration came from, but that’s about where it ends. They took the Facebook Home idea and pumped it full of steroids.

Rather than being limited to Facebook messenger, HALO utilizes almost any app. That’s right… any app that gives a notification for a new message will be useful for HALO. The app is still in alpha testing, but looks really good so far.

Check out the video below, and let us know what you think. We really liked the Facebook Home app, and openly hoped more developers would follow suit. Paranoid Android answered the call, and we’re really excited to see what this already great feature looks like once it’s ready for mass consumption.

  • lau

    it’s from Facebook Messenger not Facebook Home

    • emanuele_zanetti

      yes, but it was introduced along with Facebook Home, so I think it’s considered a Facebook Home feature ported to Facebook Messenger

  • It is these strokes of genius that makes Android what it is! Hats off to the Paranoid Android team!

  • @ Nate Swanner – what region/neighborhood/part of Great Britain are you from?

  • Superb thing..

  • Jaime Larios

    I still prefer multiwindow. I can see 2 sites at once or have a word document and a Web page open at the same time. This is just notifications. But is a good idea, I concede.

    • Ryan

      You can now download an app off of the play store to open your own list of apps you set. Its called Halo of course.

      • BDPSU

        I don’t see anything like that in the Play Store. :/

        • Ryan

          Unless its just not showing it thinking your android device isn’t compatible. I had that problem with paranoid android with other random apps. But not sure why that one would. Hell just search for the apk.

  • Aziz Farhi

    This looks good. Multindow is nice but because its from Samsung its not fully optimized yet and the number of apps that work well with it without using any hacks or mods is limited.
    If it was built in with Android it self it would be much better.
    Maybe good will come up with something similar in future Android versions.

  • It’s good, but you can’t flash the .33 radio to get US Tmo LTE via Nexus 4 with PA. That will make it moot for me and a lot of others.

    • Alex Hutchins

      There is a fix for stock 4.2.2 to use .33 radio. Wouldn’t it work with PA as well?

  • masterdebater

    Great stuff there.

  • Arsenal™

    where would Android be without Rooting And Custom Roms?

    • Vardan Nazaretyan

      On the top.

  • MasterMuffin

    Now let me play Halo inside HALO and I’m in :D

    • Sean

      Yo dawg, I heard you like Halo so we put Halo inside your halo so you can play Halo on your Halo.


    WTF is a “mind hole”?

  • Segrei Brinn

    Lame. Not useful at all.

    • Zoner

      Your opinion has been noted…
      I for me think it’s really handy!

  • Mutomi Sconi

    nice, if samsung hadn’t upped the ante with multitasking on the note 3 i might have grabbed this

  • nkk

    Halo should show the contact pic for facebook messages too.

  • Flip Jumpman

    Cannot find it in play store (Note 3)… Do you have to root your device?