Phablet mode hits the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10! The latest version of Paranoid Android ROM based on Android 4.2 is one of the most exciting developments headed the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10’s way since the devices got rooted. In case you’re wondering why I seem so excited, this custom ROM offers a hybrid interface – a perfect mix of both phone and tablet UI that works wonderfully phones with large screens as well as tablets. Considering Paranoid Android looked good on the Galaxy Nexus, we can already tell it’ll look stunning on the new HD IPS display of its successor. As for the Nexus 10, a customizable tablet UI will only add to the pleasure of using it. The ROM is based on the new Android 4.2 AOSP so don’t be surprised if you run across some bugs or issues on the Nexus 4, since full AOSP source code for it hasn’t been published yet. More on the ROM and installation instructions for both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 after the jump.
A couple of things you should know beforehand:
- The Gapps package that comes with this ROM is not official; it is a community hack, and some issues may be encountered.
- This is more of a preview of the final 4.2 based PA ROM.
- It will be missing some CyanogenMod features, which will be added in future updates or the final version.
Image courtesy of the PA team
An interesting newly added feature in PA ROM is ‘Per-App-Color’, which lets you define apps that will set the UI (status bar and soft keys, apparently) to match their color scheme whenever they are launched. For more details, visit the official Paranoid Android page.
Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.
- A rooted Nexus 4 or Nexus 10 with a custom recovery installed. See: Nexus 4 Toolkit with easy root & recovery installation | Nexus 10 toolkit with easy root and recovery installation.
- PA ROM for Nexus 4 | for Nexus 10
- Google Apps package.
- Download the ROM, Google apps and patch files to your device.
- Reboot the device into CWM recovery.
- In recovery, create a backup from ‘backup and restore’.
- Now select ‘wipe data/factory reset’, then ‘wipe cache’ and lastly, Advanced > ‘wipe dalvik cache’.
- Navigate to ‘install zip from sdcard’ > ‘choose zip from sdcard’ and select the PA ROM zip file.
- Repeat step 5 for Google apps.
- Once all the files are flashed, reboot your device.
Booting into the ROM for the first time can take up to 5 minutes and may involve a reboot. Enter your Google account when asked, and you’ll be good to go. If you encounter a black screen, hit the ‘home’ key and hopefully, all should be peaches and cream.