If you’ve been keeping an eye on Android Authority, you’ll know we’re pretty big fans of what Paranoid Android is doing lately. Their new HALO interface, which admittedly copies Facebook Home, did exactly what we hoped it would. Rather than adding a new twist on an already cool concept, the team at Paranoid Android just took it one step further.
For those not aware, HALO is a whole lot like chat heads for Facebook Home, except it works with just about any app. The goal for HALO is to be your all inclusive notification center, and I must say I’m impressed with it. In this build, the notification bubble appears smoother, and fades into the background seamlessly. When you check a notification, the background app doesn’t close, so you don’t have to pause that YouTube video.
Now in the public Alpha stage of development, HALO is by no means a finished product. Even in Alpha, it’s terribly impressive, and could be huge for the Paranoid Android team. The build is currently available only for Nexus devices (Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and the Galaxy Nexus), so if you have one… get to flashin’!
If you’re using it, let us know your impressions! If you’ve not yet taken advantage, check out the video below for a walkthrough. It’s something we hope catches on widely, and we give a lot of credit to the Paranoid Android team for working so hard to get it right.