Paranoid Android’s Halo theme is ready for public beta testing!

by: Nate SwannerJune 9, 2013


Paranoid Android was enamored with Facebook Home when it came out. We all were, really, but the thought of Facebook in our face all the time was a bit much. Chatheads was a particularly cool concept, but just not as finished or nice as we would have hoped. Paranoid Android fixed that for us.

Their Halo theme is one we’ve been excited for, and have kept track of throughout. There is a lot of cool stuff about Paranoid Android ROMs, but Halo brings the Chathead feature to us on a wider scale. Rather than being focussed on Facebook Messenger, as Home was, Halo brings those cool little pop-ups to just about every app you have.

While in other apps, you will still get pop-ups for others. We currently get that with the notification bar, but Halo saves the trouble of having to pull down the top-bar menu to respond. Halo has been in alpha testing for some time, but is now ready for public beta testing.

Paranoid Android notes they re-wrote much of the code for Halo beta, as the alpha testing evidently showed them enough issues to warrant doing so. We’re happy they didn’t scrap the idea, as it’s the most exciting ROM we’ve seen in some time.

Keep in mind, like anything beta, it will have some quirks and issues. That’s what beta is all about, though, right? Testing and reporting, driving the whole program forward. If you’re interested in being involved, give it a whirl! If you want to know what it looks like first-hand, check out the video below.

  • master5hake

    I think ribbons in AOKP is more useful

  • AaronDeVante

    Floating Notification does the same thing.

    • Edward Smith

      Not at all. HALO is a complete multi-tasking system. Try it and you will see its completely different.

      • AaronDeVante

        Well I see Floating Notification as the non rooted version. So I will say similar but not the same.

  • Echelon

    Does your phone have to be rooted?

    • musoleK

      Most likely mate.

    • Edward Smith

      Yes, you must be rooted to flash custom roms. Well worth it.

    • SeraZR™

      talk abt a question
      yes ofc

  • J.rad

    Is there a zip that can flash to a T999 Touchwiz?

    • Edward Smith

      HALO does not run on TW, only on PA rom. When its out of BETA I am sure it will go open source and devs will add it to other roms.

    • SeraZR™

      obviously NOT –_–

  • Smalley

    What happens if you leave it in the middle of the screen, does it hide still? I think this should stick to the side walls like fb chat bubbles or at least give us the option for that. Being able to put it anywhere is a bit too much.

    • Ivan Myring

      It does that on the newer versions. Checkout the guy who made that YouTube video channel for updated versions.

  • Edward Smith

    Been running it since it came out, and even though PA doesn’t have quite the amount of customization features as ReVoltJB Rom and others, the HALO feature is ground breaking. Can’t run any other roms now, can’t live with out it now. :D

    • SeraZR™

      umm the Carbon ROM got implemented with PA Halo

      Maybe try that !
      Carbon ROckz!

  • Matheus Criscuolo

    can i install in gt-i9500?

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  • MasterMuffin

    I have a confession: I can’t find Halo to be useful. After trying it, I don’t see the big fuzz, I think it’s just annoying :/