Paranoid Android 4.4 BETA1 adds Theme Engine and a host of fixes

by: Robert TriggsJune 3, 2014
Paranoid Android Theme Engine update

Work never ceases for the developers over at Paranoid Android, as the team has just released the next build of its custom Android 4.4.2 based ROM. The new 4.4 BETA1 build includes the popular Theme Engine, a stable version of Hover, and a lot of other fixes and patches.

Theme Engine is a handy tool for easily applying custom skins to your Android device, which has proven pretty popular with CyanogenMod users over the years. There is already a huge array of themes available on the Google Play Store, which will all work with this build of Paranoid Android too.

Porting the Theme Engine over to an AOSP base seems to have taken a bit of doing, but Paranoid Android isn’t keeping its achievement to itself. Instead, the PA team will be sharing its work the rest of the community, so that it can be easily ported to other AOSP based ROMs.

The new Paranoid Android beta also brings along a bunch of other improvements. Hover is now considered “stable” and has had the last of its bugs fixed. Pie and Immersive modes have also been improved with advanced triggering, and a number of bug and freezing fixes. There are a few general improvements as well – the PA ROM has now been translated into over 30 languages, quick settings have been touched up, and the lock screen blur feature has been replaced in favour of the Theme Engine’s custom background option.

For the full list of changes and tweaks, click here.

The latest 4.4 BETA1 build is currently available for the usual array of Nexus devices, and should be heading to other handsets, courtesy of third party ports, in the near future. If you have tried out the latest beta build, let us know what you think.

  • Luka Mlinar

    One day i will buy a blank phone, come home and install Paranoid, CM, Vanilla or some other ROM on it. This is the future i want.

    • KillEmAllx

      One day I will buy a device that is actually supported by PA. Damn you Samsung!

      • MasterMuffin

        Not Samsung’s fault that they only support Nexus phones officially + few others that the team members have almost officially :)

        • Luka Mlinar

          This is true. They are taking on only as much as they can handle at the moment and i get that. It’s a slow moving train but it is on the right path, that’s the main thing.

          • MasterMuffin

            And it’s on an amazing path, hands down best AOSP ROM currently

          • Sfera Dev

            At the legacy team we have a huge list of maintainers. The updates are normally one or two days later the Nexus to leave the hype behind.


        • KillEmAllx

          If Samsung had released sources so that the community could dev for it, Samsung devices would have PA and other roms, unnocially maybe. But AOSP for sammy devices always have bugs, so it kinda is their fault

          • MasterMuffin

            Maybe, considering how popular the S line is. But then again, other manufacturers have released sources but don’t have PA for their phones officially

      • AsakuraZero

        Get a sony, looks better works better and get asop quite fast, my Z1 is soon to have the PA 4.4B1 soon

      • Badouken

        Huh… I have had Paranoid Android on my Galaxy S3 for almost 2 years now. (unoffical and legacy)

      • They support the s4

  • Eivan

    Wheres for galaxy s2?

    • Phil Rigby

      Or how about my T-Mobile G1? Paranoid sux ballz :-(