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Android being an Open-source platform means virtually endless possibilities. Perhaps one of the more exciting aspects of Android is the aftermarket firmware ecosystem.

Over the years, the Custom ROM scene supported by countless developers in the community has ensured devices are supported well past their official support period. LineageOS, Resurrection Remix, Paranoid Android, Pixel Experience are just but a few of the aftermarket options.

quartz 1
Quartz 1

Not too long after we saw LineageOS 17.1 going official with support for a bunch of new and aging devices, Paranoid Android, one of the more popular aftermarket firmware for Android has also released stable builds of Android 10.

To recall, back in October 2019, we saw Paranoid Android release the initial builds of Android 10 to a few devices. These included Redmi K20/Mi 9T, OnePlus 7 Pro, OnePlus 6 & 6T. Paranoid Android Quartz 1 brings a bunch of enhancements to supported devices. This build is based on Android 10 and this specific release comes with the April 2020 Android security patch level.

The complete changelog for Paranoid Android Quartz 1 is as follows;

Included GAPPS inside the zips.
April 2020 Security Patch Level.
OTA support (with deltas).
Adaptive Playback.
Screen stabilization (Gimbal mode).
SafetyNet (most devices).
Built-in screen recorder.
FOD support (Fingerprint On Display).
Pulse notifications.
ParanoidDoze: extended AOD support
Off-screen gestures.
Gestures support.
Vibration adapted UI.
Extended vibration system (OnePlus devices).
Alert Slider UI (OnePlus devices).
OTS: On The Spot, introduce user hint prompt system, uses a snackbar design to prompt the user for changes.
Pocket Mode, introduces a mode that will detect whenever your device is on the pocket and prevent it from waking.
Fast Charging indicator (includes OnePlus devices).
Quick Settings Pull Down with one finger.
Extended Restart.
Introduced Settings reset for PA features under Settings → System → Reset Options.
Double tap to sleep on keyguard (lockscreen) and launcher.
Volume Long Press to Skip Tracks.
Volume panel on left for devices with left volume buttons.
Adjusted statusbar notifications per device.
Navigation bar customization.
Improved lockscreen security
Caffeine tile (thanks LineageOS).
Extended screenshot support (thanks Pixel Experience).
Per-app cellular data, vpn and wifi restrictions.
Three finger swipe down for screenshots.
Pop-Up camera support.
Based off CAF LA.UM.8.2.r1-04200-sdm660.0 tag

As we know, these Aftermarket firmwares are known for supporting a very limited number of devices, especially considering just how expansive the Android ecosystem is today. That said, Paranoid Android Quartz 1 is available for a handful of devices as a start. For the first batch this firmware is available for;

-Asus Zenfone Pro Max M2

-Asus Zenfone Pro Max M1

-Essential Phone

-OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus 6 and

OnePlus 6T

-OnePlus 3 and 3T

-Redmi 5

-Xiaomi Mi 9

-Xiaomi Mi 6

The next batch of devices slated to get a build of Paranoid Android Quartz 1 in the coming few weeks include;

-OnePlus 5 and 5T

-OnePlus 7, 7T, and 7T Pro

-Pocophone F1

-Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Dual

-Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact and XZ2 Compact Dual

-Sony Xperia XZ3 and XZ3 Dual

-Xiaomi Mi 9T and Redmi K20

-Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro and Redmi K20 Pro

The Android aftermarket firmware/Custom ROM ecosystem is thriving with more custom ROMS today than ever before. However, one great hindrance to better support and stability of these aftermarket firmwares is OEMs. Some OEMs like Huawei don’t allow users to unlock their bootloaders so there’s really no way to develop custom ROMs for such.

We can only hope for better support for this bustling ecosystem by OEMs in the future. This could be by making kernel source code available to developers promptly.

For more on this release, check out Paranoid Android’s Release Blog post here.

Update 1 (April 27)

Paranoid Android’s Quartz Release 2 brings in support for more devices to Android 10. Head here for more details.

Update 2 (June 13)

Release 3 of the Quartz project brings more devices and adds in new features as well. Head here for more details.

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Clinton Madegwa
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A cybernaut grasping at all things tech. Lover of Android, Linux, and custom ROMS. A nerd, a writer, an avid reader.

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