Drawing inspiration from Facebook’s chat heads feature, Paranoid Android developers have completely overhauled Android’s notification and multitasking system with support for always-visible notifications which let you quickly open and close an app without minimizing the app you were using.
The Paranoid Android team started showing off the software a week ago, and now there are builds of the custom version of Android available for a few phones and tablets, with support for additional devices in the works.
Here’s a roundup of stories from around the web.
- First Paranoid Android builds with chat heads-style Halo notifications now available
Early builds are now available for Nexus devices and the Oppo Find 5. [Paranoid Android Google+]
- Imagination confirms that the Rockchip RK3168 dual-core CPU has PowerVR SGX 540 graphics
Rockchip started showing off a new 28nm dual-core processor in April, demonstrating that it can offer similar performance to the company’s 40nm chip while using less power. Now we have confirmation that it uses the same graphics core as the TI OMAP 4 chip. [Imagination]
- The Fuduntu team’s new project will be called Cloverleaf Linux (not FuSE)
Many of the developers behind the now-defunct Fuduntu Linux operating system have started work on a new project based on OpenSUSE. Now it has a name (and not much else). [Cloverleaf Linux]
- ReadItToMe reads Android SMS messages, call notifications aloud when your headset or Bluetooth audio is connected
There are times when you really shouldn’t pick up your phone to read the latest text message. This app will save you the trouble by reading it out loud to you. [xda-developers]
- Hulu Plus is finally available for Windows Phone
Wait, there wasn’t already a Hulu Plus app for Windows Phone? I guess I hadn’t noticed. [The Verge]
- CyanogenMod builds now available for some Samsung Galaxy S4 models
Love the Samsung Galaxy S4 for its display, processor, removable battery, and more… but hate Samsung’s TouchWiz software? Now it’s possible to unlock the bootloader and install custom ROMs on some versions of the phone. [Android Police]