ParanoidAndroid gets bumped up to 3.97, brings Halo 2.0

The ParanoidAndroid team pushes out new features and updates with quite the amazing speed, which is nice because they always give me something to write about. Friday they updated one of their star features, HALO, and gave it even more functionality.

ParanoidAndroid announced this afternoon an update to version 3.97 and HALO 2.0. This update to HALO brings some awesome new features and makes it all the more useful. Instead of just showing text, it now shows the entire notification and it is now interactive. PA explains it pretty well:

This opens up a whole new spectrum and this may even be interesting for plug-ins and add-ons.
HALO shows the actual notifications now, not just a lame text. The coolest thing, it supports multitouch so you can go in there and interact with these notifications while you task. It’s easier than you may think, in the worst case you use two hands or don’t interact – just lift the finger as always and you get your floating window.
There are tons of improvements and details in this one, too many to list right now.
This is a major shift from the original code-base so screw-ups could happen. This was only tested on Mako (Nexus 4 in default size). If maintainers build this for other devices, see if it works for you please.
Should we see anything bad we’ll heal it asap as always.

If you want to see the new HALO in action, check out this video:

HALO wasn’t the only update in 3.97. The team also added these fixes:

Quick Settings: Option to use floating window
MMS: Option to switch on screen automatically (+Francisco Franco made this for us, we think making features suits him well)
ParanoidOTA bugfixes (still beta, sorry)
Bionic/Krait/CAF optimizations

There were also some minor tweaks to their Gapps package, but it was just the updates that came out in the last few days for Google+, Play Store, Play Books, and Play Music.

You can check here and here to see if a build has been posted for your device, or you can check out the PA Google+ community for people making their own builds.

Source: Paranoid Android on Google+

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