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PARANOIDANDROID making its way to more devices

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It’s been a few months since the PARANOIDANDROID ROM came out on the Galaxy Nexus, and it’s really starting to pick up speed. To recap, the special thing about PARANOIDANDROID is that it’s a hybrid ROM that merges tablet mode and phone mode Android into a single ROM. It even allows for per-app app mode settings, meaning that you can choose if a particular app should think it’s on a tablet or a phone. There are good reasons for wanting to run apps in tablet mode, and in a nutshell, PARANOIDANDROID is a solution to the sticky situation that Android has gotten into, with two versions of the OS designed for different screen sizes, and most high end smartphones falling square in the middle of those two.

The ROM is making its way to more and more devices, including phones that are quite a bit smaller than the Nexus it was originally released for. Several EVO devices now has it, and so does the Galaxy S II, Galaxy S III, and loads of others. If you’re into custom ROMs, or want to get into them, it’s definitely worth checking to see if it’s available for your device. If the developer community for the device is strong, there’s a fair chance that a port is available or coming soon.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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