Paranoid Android (operating system)

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Paranoid Android
DeveloperParanoid Android Team
OS familyUnix-like (Linux/Android)
Working stateActive
Source modelOpen source with proprietary components
Latest releaseUvite / 20 September 2023 (2023-09-20)
Latest previewUvite / 20 September 2023 (2023-09-20)
Marketing targetFirmware replacement for Android mobile devices
Update methodOver-the-air (OTA), ROM flashing, ADB Sideloading, Fastboot package
Package managerAPK-based
Platformsarm, arm64
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux)
user interface
Paranoid Launcher

Paranoid Android is an open-source operating system for smartphones and tablet computers, based on the Android mobile platform. The latest official version is Uvite, based on Android 14, released on 20 September 2023.

In September 2015, PC Advisor called it the most famous ROM along with CyanogenMod, and The Economic Times called it the second-largest custom Android ROM in the world with over 200 000 users.


Paranoid Android was founded by Paul Henschel. According to a Reddit AMA session with the lead developers, the ROM was named after the Radiohead song of the same name.

In February 2015, OnePlus hired a handful of key members from the Paranoid Android team to work on its new OxygenOS. This caused delays to the release of Paranoid Android 5.1 builds.

In October 2015, team member Matt Flaming told Android Authority that the project would go on hold. In June 2016, the Paranoid Android team announced that they were back with new team members. This announcement coincided with the release of a new version of Paranoid Android, which was based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, with the May security patch, and included new customization features. On June 8, 2016, Paranoid Android supported Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 2013, Nexus 9, OnePlus One, OnePlus 2, and OnePlus X.

On May 31, 2017, the team announced that they released the Nougat flavour of Paranoid Android. This version was based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat, with the most notable feature being the return of Pie Controls. Supported devices include the OnePlus 3 and 3T, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel, and Pixel XL.

On 12 May. 2018, the Paranoid Android Google+ account posted an update on the status of the project. The developers had run out of funds causing their website and Gerrit to shut down and ceasing all work on Oreo builds. The team stated that they were close to release but weren't able to continue without funds and looked to the community for donations.

On 27 August 2018, the Google+ page was updated with a new post titled "Being more transparent". The team apologized for a lack of communication and shared info about current activities. The team decided to finish device trees and release sources before discontinuing Oreo MR1. Basic builds were released for the OnePlus 3, 3T, 5 and 5T, as well as the Sony Xperia X, X Compact, XZ Premium, XZ1 and XZ2. The next goal was Android Pie, with the post saying builds were almost stable, though at the time of the post only two commits under the Pie branch were released on the team's Gerrit.a They also released concept art for an upcoming feature named "Blink Navigation" based on gestures and Pie navigation, as well as a rundown of a new versioning system.

The project was relaunched with a new set of stable releases named "Quartz" (based on Android 10) on 16 April 2020, for a limited set of devices. The Quartz release coincides with supporting additional devices such as the Xiaomi Mi 9.


According to The Economic Times, the two most notable features of Paranoid Android are the Halo and the Pie. The Halo (not included in version 5.0 or greater) is a floating bubble that lets users see notifications without leaving the current screen, and the Pie is a replacement for onscreen navigation buttons that stays off screen and lets users swipe in from the edge to see the buttons.

Paranoid Android also features Substratum theme support alongside their own Color Engine, accidental touch rejection, Pocket Lock (which prevents buttons being pressed in a user's pocket) and the ability to take a screenshot by swiping three fingers.

List of supported devices

The following is a list of devices that are supported by Paranoid Android:

Manufacturer Model Code name PA version
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Amami 6.0.3
Huawei Honor 5X Angler 7.3.1
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Aries 6.0.3
LG Nexus 5X Bullhead 7.3.1
Sony Xperia Z2 Tab LTE Castor 6.0.3
Sony Xperia Z2 Tab WiFi Castor_windy 6.0.3
Asus Nexus 7 2013 (4G) Deb 5.0
Asus Max Pro M1 X00TD Quartz (10)
Asus Max Pro M2 X01BD Quartz (10)
Google Pixel C Dragon 6.0.3
Oppo Find5 Find5 4.6
Oppo Find7 Find7a 5.0
Oppo Find7 Find7s 5.0
Asus Nexus 7 2013 WiFi Flo 6.0.3
HTC Nexus 9 Flounder 6.0.3
Xiaomi Mi 5 Gemini 7.3.1
Xiaomi Mi A2 jasmine_sprout Quartz (10)
Xiaomi Mi 6 sagit Quartz (10)
Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro equuleus Quartz (10)
Xiaomi Mi 9 cepheus Quartz (10)
Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 chiron Quartz (10)
Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S polaris Quartz (10)
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 beryllium Quartz (10)
Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro lmi Topaz (13)
Xiaomi Redmi 3S land Quartz (10)
Xiaomi Redmi 4A rolex Quartz (10)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 rosy Quartz (10)
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro sakura Quartz (10)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI / Pro whyred Quartz (10)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 lavender Quartz (10)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 / 8T ginkgo Quartz (10)
Xiaomi Redmi K20 / Mi 9T davinci Quartz (10)
Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro / Mi 9T Pro raphael Quartz (10)
Asus Nexus 7 2012 Wifi Grouper 5.1
LG Nexus 5 Hammerhead 7.3.1
Sony Xperia Z1 Honami 6.0.3
Sony Xperia Z3+/Z4 Ivy 6.0.3
Sony Xperia Z3 Leo 6.0.3
Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet (LTE) Karin 6.0.3
Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet (WiFI) Karin_windy 6.0.3
Sony Xperia X Compact Kugo 7.3.1
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Maguro 4.6
LG Nexus 4 Mako 6.0.3
Samsung Nexus 10 Manta 5.0
Google Pixel XL Marlin 7.3.1
Oppo N1 N1 4.6
OnePlus One Bacon 7.3.0
OnePlus 2 Oneplus2 6.0.2
Oneplus X Onyx 7.3.1
OnePlus 3/3T Oneplus3 Quartz (10)
OnePlus 5/5T Oneplus5 Quartz (10)
OnePlus 6/6T Oneplus6 Quartz (10)
OnePlus 7 Pro Oneplus7Pro Topaz (13)
OnePlus 7T Pro Oneplus7TPro Topaz (13)
OnePlus 9/9 Pro Oneplus9 Topaz (13)
Nextbit Nextbit Robin Robin 7.3.1
Google Pixel Sailfish 7.3.1
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Satsuki 6.0.3
Sony Xperia Z3 Tab Compact Scorpion 6.0.3
Sony Xperia Z3 Tab Compact Wifi Scorpion_windy 6.0.3
Motorola Nexus 6 Shamu 7.3.1
Sony Xperia Z2 Sirius 6.0.3
Sony Xperia Z5 Sumire 6.0.3
Sony Xperia X Suzu 7.3.1
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Suzuran 6.0.3
Asus Nexus 7 2012 (3G) Tilapia 4.6
Sony Xperia Z Ultra Togari 6.0.3
Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Verizon) Toro 4.6
Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Sprint) ToroPlus 4.6
LeEco Le Pro3 Zl1 7.3.1
Essential Essential PH1 mata Quartz (10)
Lenovo VIBE K5/K5 Plus A6020 Quartz (10)
Ainol Aurora II Unknown 1.3.2
Nothing Phone (1) Spacewar Topaz (13)
Realme Realme GT 2 Porsche Uvite (14)
Realme Realme GT Neo 2 Bitra Uvite (14)

See also


  1. ^ "Paranoid Android Uvite Announcement".
  2. ^ Casserly, Martyn (28 September 2015). "How to root Android: The beginner's guide to rooting, risks and benefits. How to install the latest version of Android, and how to install custom ROMs including CyanogenMod". PC Advisor. International Data Group. Archived from the original on 14 October 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Shankar, Shashwati (24 September 2015). "Meet Delhi teen Arz Bhatia, lead designer of OnePlus' operating system OxygenOS". The Economic Times. The Times Group. Archived from the original on 27 September 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Paranoid Android (Android ROM) AMA!". 16 December 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2023.
  5. ^ Petrovan, Bogdan (12 February 2015). "OnePlus hired the key people behind Paranoid Android". Android Authority. Archived from the original on 22 October 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  6. ^ Cervantes, Edgar (7 July 2015). "Paranoid Android finally releases Android 5.1 builds for Nexus devices". Android Authority. Archived from the original on 23 October 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  7. ^ Westenberg, Jimmy (11 October 2015). "Paranoid Android is pretty much over". Android Authority. Archived from the original on 11 October 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  8. ^ a b Petrovan, Bogdan (9 June 2016). "Paranoid Android is back with a big new release". Android Authority. Archived from the original on 9 June 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  9. ^ Crider, Michael (8 June 2016). "Paranoid Android Custom ROM Returns With New Features And Fresh Marshmallow Builds For Nexus And OnePlus Devices". Android Police (Blog). Illogical Robot LLC. Archived from the original on 10 June 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Paranoid Android 2017 – Nougat Resurrection". Archived from the original on 26 September 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Post on Google+". Paranoid Android. Archived from the original on 11 March 2019. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Being more transparent". Paranoid Android. Archived from the original on 11 March 2019. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  13. ^ "A quick follow up and a few golden eggs Welcome! Today we got a few things ..." Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Paranoid Android Quartz 1". Paranoid Android Blog. Archived from the original on 2 June 2022. Retrieved 27 April 2020.
  15. ^ Deakin, Daniel R (3 August 2020). "Xiaomi Mi 9 added to the Paranoid Android Quartz 4 custom ROM list with support for the Mi A3 and Mi Mix 3 in the works". Notebookcheck. Archived from the original on 22 August 2023. Retrieved 13 November 2023.
  16. ^ "Official supported devices". Paranoid Android. Archived from the original on 3 June 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  17. ^ "Get Paranoid". Archived from the original on 18 April 2021. Retrieved 4 March 2018.


a.^ The commits to the Gerrit could previously be found at, but have since been removed.

Further reading

Interview with Alex Naidis from AOSPA: The Future of Paranoid Android, Developer Advice and More! (Archived)

External links