Paranoid Android’s ‘HALO’ in public alpha for Nexus devices!

by: Nate SwannerMay 7, 2013


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.

  • SaadUsmani

    is it a feature or a app?

    • Arsenal™


  • Mykal Hernandez

    Still no nexus 10 :( hopefully soon

  • venorme

    I wonder if it will be ported to stock-based roms. If it is even possible

  • Blane Stroud

    I’ve tested this out on my Nexus 7.

    First off, I had to switch back to my previous rom because this one wouldn’t let me sideload apps. I have no idea why, but that was a deal breaker for me keeping this for too long. I assume it has something to do with Halo being a sort of screen overlay. Anyways, it felt like an alpha in that it was slow and choppy and just not great.

    Now for the good stuff. Halo is amazing. It’s so intuitive and unintrusive and I loved it. I wish it was a standard feature. It is probably the most amazing thing I’ve seen on android in awhile. I cannot wait until it is used in other paranoid based roms or it is out of alpha. It is spectacular.

    • MasterMuffin

      PA didn’t let you sideload apps? Are you sure you did have the untrusted sources checked in settings??

  • Piterson Massenat Desir

    And the Oppo find 5…

    • MasterMuffin

      What about it? o.O

      • Piterson Massenat Desir

        it also has PA 3.5 Alpha

        • MasterMuffin

          Okay, just didn’t get what you were saying because it just said “and the Oppo Find 5…” :)

          • Piterson Massenat Desir

            Lol yea I came back read it myself and I was lost too.

      • Piterson Massenat Desir

        Also is in the list of PA 3.5 Alpha

      • Piterson Massenat Desir
  • Alu Zeros

    very nicely done

    • Alu Zeros

      would be even better if they added a unified inbox

  • Anirudh

    Will you make my android slow as FB home did with tons of your background services ? If not , welcome.