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After a string of seven beta releases, the Paranoid Android team is now pushing out the first Release Candidate version of PA 4.4.

Paranoid Android has emerged as one of the most popular custom ROM options, bringing cool new features like Hover and Peek to a clean stock-like Android implementation. Now Paranoid Android 4.4 (based on the newly released Android 4.4.3) hit its first release meant for public usage, bringing a stable operating system that should be safe enough for daily driving.

PA 4.4 RC1 integrates features introduced and refined in previous beta releases, including the popular Hover, a notification system that lets you check on background applications in floating windows, without leaving your current app. Hover gained stability and new features since it was released in PA 4.3 beta 1, including the ability to blacklist certain apps.

Another big addition is Theme Engine, which PA has borrowed from the CyanogenMod project. The team promises it will keep its implementation up to date with the upstream state. Also, the ParanoidOTA app received a redesign that makes it more Googley.

If you’re jumping from a 4.4.2 ROM, you will need to flash the new bootloader, radio, Gapps and update to latest recovery before updating, as explained here.

PA 4.4 RC1 is currently available for modern Nexus devices on the official download page.