If there was ever 1 single you reason you needed to root your Android device, Paranoid Android is it. The innovative custom ROM has been tweaking the Android interface in ways many never thought possible. Their latest addition? Chat Heads. Sorta.
I’ll just go ahead and say it: Chat Heads are arguably the coolest thing to happen to Android in quite awhile. I suspected that Google would implement something similar in Key Lime Pie, and while we wait for the next version of Android to see if that’s even remotely true, the custom ROM developers at Paranoid Android have already hit the ground running with their own implementation… only better.
Where as Chat Heads are a uniquely Facebook thing, only appearing when you receive a Facebook Message, Paranoid Android is looking to bring them to all notifications. Think of it as an ongoing notification ticker that appears everywhere. If you receive an email, it’ll show up in the small halo notification. Skype message? Same way. Clicking on the halo notification will pull up all your recent notifications and because of Paranoid Android’s new way of multitasking, users can pull up apps while still in another, never losing your place or bothering with a reload (much the same way Chat Heads work on Facebook Messenger). It’s a little something like this:
Now, it’s all becoming clear. Just when you thought Android as a mobile OS couldn’t get any better, any more innovative, some developers across the pond somewhere throw together something truly brilliant. Now, if you’ll excuse me. I’ll be busy rooting my Nexus 4 and Oppo Find 5 in preparation of Paranoid Android’s upcoming update. Cheers.