Paranoid Android Halo

Paranoid Android has been busy pumping out update after update for its new KitKat based ROM, but so far the popular Halo multitasking feature has remained absent from the updates. Sadly, it appears that Halo won’t ever be officially implemented into the AOSPA4+ build, as development team member PirateGhost, replying to post in an XDA forum thread, has stated that Halo is no more.

You are going to be waiting a loooooooooooong time. Halo is dead.

As a fellow Paranoid Android user and Halo convert, it’s clearly disappointing news, but SferaDev, another member of the development team, took to Reddit to try and clear up the situation. It turns out that the nature of KitKat has changed the way that the developers go about their business.

Ok Guys! Before the riots start about Halo’s death, let’s analyze a bit the situation. Some months ago, back to 2.99 versions some of you never realized the way you enjoyed Android would change with Halo. Yes it was revolutionary! Now in KitKat days, Android’s concept has improved the way we face to certain situations (like immersive). That evolution in AOSP moved the team to reinvent us in a manner some thought it was impossible.

Fortunately, this isn’t stopping the development team from trying to improve on native Android once again, the team is supposedly working on some all new features to appease those looking for something new.

I only beg one thing, please wait to what’s to come. If you loved Halo you will love whatever will come to your phones. And if you don’t there will be 10+ kangs with old Halo.

Halo lovers, don’t give up hope. There’s the possibility that Halo could show up in future unofficial builds of PA or in other ROMs altogether, as the team made opened up the HALO source code last year. This doesn’t mean that the developers have given up on multitasking features either, it’s possible that some of the planned features included a new and improved spin-off of Halo. Let’s not forget that the team has already brought changes to the Quick Settings tiles and has built an improved immersive mode, so there’s plenty of reasons to continue to enjoy the ROM.

At least now we have some closure on why Halo has been absent from the most recent Paranoid Android builds. I can’t wait to see what the Paranoid Android team has planned for future updates.

Robert Triggs
Lead Technical Writer at Android Authority, covering the latest trends in consumer electronics and hardware. In his spare moments, you'll probably find him tinkering with audio electronics and programming.
  • Android Guru

    It’s always good to have an upgrade. to not get bored :)

  • Frank

    Isn’t HALO available as an xposed module?

    • Jayfeather787

      What’s not available as an xposed module? Xposed makes my toast now. :P

      • MasterMuffin

        Hopefully it will work with ART when it becomes the default so that I can start using xposed again!

        • Frank

          Why’re you using ART in the first place? Is it noticeably faster than Delvik?

          • MasterMuffin

            Don’t know about Delvik, but the difference between Dalvik and ART is like night and day ;P

          • Jayfeather787

            Yeah, like Master muffin said, ART is amazing. Some say optmized dalvik is faster than ART, but it really is not. Apps load instantly with ART, and it is just amazing. Dalvik requires Android to run in a virtual machine, and ART does not. I really suggest switching to it.

          • Frank

            Really? To be honest I haven’t keeping up with ART but I thought it was a VM just like Dalvik. The biggest difference being that it compiles apps ahead of time making them faster to load – compared to previous VMs – at the expence of disk space.. I never expected it to improve general system speed..

          • Thang Fozika
  • Jayfeather787

    This is pretty sad. I loved halo, and I did not get to use it enough. Not many of the ROMs I used had it. RIP HALO.

  • Joseph Walker

    Well that was the only reason i installed PA….HALO really increased their install base…

  • Here is a Migration assistant from Paranoid Android to Xposed Framework for the sake of Halo, Pie, Hybrid or Expanded Desktop . – This might come in handy.

    • Charles

      Just remember that this is only supported when running on STOCK. It may or may not work running on top of the new PA, but the GravityBox dev won’t be able to help you.

  • gommer strike

    Well what was so wrong with it, that they had to kill it? Simply incompatible with kit kat?

  • Jaimin

    see this guy promoting nexus everywhere…. there are many like this. Buyers be aware of them. They are mind changers. They are online Salesmen not consumers or technocrats.

    • j7981

      What’s wrong with liking Nexus devices?

      • Jaimin

        Any brand introduce new device he start promoting nexus which indirectly means what?

    • Neil Pagay

      Well in the second to last comment, he said that he would prefer an lg g pad over a nexus 7. This guy does not seem like a salesman. He just appears to promote the devices he really enjoys/wants. (I assume it’s a guy)

      • Jayfeather787

        It is.

    • Jayfeather787

      Fuck you! how do any of those comments change minds?

  • Trang

    Đúng là Những người yêu thích hào quang, không từ bỏ hy vọng. Có khả năng rằng Halo có thể xuất hiện trong tương lai không chính thức xây dựng của PA hoặc trong ROM khác hoàn toàn,

  • Mindplague

    Halo or holo?!?

  • Thang Fozika