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

June 3, 2014
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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.

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