Paranoid Android 7.3.0 Brings New Camera App, Additional Launcher Customization Features, BlueBorne Patches, and More
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was just around 4 months ago that Paranoid Android came back once again to shake up the custom ROM world with polished and feature-packed Android 7.1.2 Nougat builds. Now, after one major update (7.2), some minor ones, and Android 8.0
Oreo starting to bring the heat for ROM developers, the PA folks are back with a new release yet again. This update based on Android 7.1.2, bumps up the PA version number to 7.3.0 and brings even more improvements to the table.
While this release isn’t as feature packed as the previous major update, it still brings some key improvementsthat you’ll indeed notice right away, like the new camera app, for example. It also includes key security improvements as well as additional launcher customization features, and a lot more.
As it’s the norm with all Paranoid Android releases, the team has been looking closely for bugs and user complaints, so you should find this release to be a lot more polished than 7.2.3. If you do find something, be sure to report it accordingly on the official Google+ community or other platforms!
Action Launcher – is the ability to customize more than just the shortcuts on your homescreen. This new Paranoid Android release further expands on the launcher customization capabilities added on 7.2.3, also adding the following features:
Hidden app support – Hide apps from the app drawer and homescreen
Round icon support – Use round icons for all apps supporting it
Custom Icon Search – Search for specific icons by app
Dock color personalization – Choose between default, transparent, accent or wallpaper color
Earlier this month, a massive security vulnerability was found to affect pretty much every single Android device with Bluetooth, from Android 1.0 to the latest Android 8.0. While this was actually patched in the September security patch, and the issue was publicly revealed after Google’s security bulletin was released, over 99% of Android phones are still in danger. The Paranoid team is making sure users running their software are safe from this flaw.
7.3.0, aside from merging the latest Android security patches, also merges the required device-specific fixes in order to fix this security vulnerability successfully on PA phones.
As PA grows bigger, so does its device roster and, eventually, it will get to the point where it will reach their server capacity. The team is taking into account many device requests, and they want to officially support as many devices as possible. As such, in order to continue supporting more devices, the PA team is turning to users for help, by asking for donations.
The goal is to eventually expand their server infrastructure in order to officially support an even wider device range and user audience without server issues. If you want to help out, you can support them financially or, if you have access to a build server, they’re also looking for build slaves. Either option you choose, you’ll need to contact them directly.
Android 8.0 Oreo has been officially out for roughly a month now, and some other custom ROM teams, like theLineageOS team, have already begun work on their Oreo versions. As such, this will be the last major Nougat update for Paranoid Android, as the team will instead focus all their workforce to getting Android Oreo working on their supported devices. If there’s a critical fix available for Nougat, though, then a minor update will be pushed out with this critical fix.
There’s currently no ETA on when the Oreo flavor for PA will be released, and it’s pretty hard to speculate since PA release dates have varied wildly in the past. So it’s just a matter of waiting and watching patiently.
Paranoid Android 7.3.0 is mostly polishing some of the rougher edges from older releases and bringing a better, more secure experience for users. And taking into the mix the massive bug fixes and security improvements with this release, as well as some of the new features, we can say for sure that 7.3.0 is a fairly big jump from 7.2.3. As always, you can check out the downloads page to find builds for your device. If you are interested about PA and wish to know more, you can also check out the official post, their gerrit and github, theircrowdin and the friendly Paranoid Android Google+ Community.