How to Install AOSP ROM Paranoid Android 3.0 on Nexus 4

Rafia Shaikh

The first Release Candidate (RC) of AOSP 4.2.1 based ParanoidAndroid 3.0 started rolling out today to a selected devices. The couple of first selected devices include Nexus 4 (Mako) and Galaxy Nexus GSM (Maguro) with Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300 following the suit soon.

In this newer version, based on AOSP 4.2.1, the new PA 3.0 brings a bucket of new features and enhancements including screenshot option, themable IME, new bootanimation and a lot of optimizations under the hood. Here is a list of what you should expect from the new AOSP ROM Paranoid Android 3.0:

  • Pie panels are centered and glide right under your thumb, don’t stretch in landscape
  • New pie default colors (holo) for disabled per-app-color
  • Screenshot option
  • New statusbar icons (dont look “washed out” anymore)
  • New bootanimation
  • Unlockpattern cut off is gone
  • IME is themable
  • MMS black on black fix
  • Pie without search agent should be fixed
  • PAPrefs has been polished for easier use (still much to do)
  • PAC support for bluetooth icon
  • (Mako) Perfect kernel calibration, made one extra for pa
  • (Mako) Autobrightness is adjusted for it
  • (Mako) Fart vibration for on-touch is gone
  • Tons of optimizations under the hood

Since it's a custom ROM, you need to have a rooted device with custom recovery installed. If you have a rooted Nexus 4, you can get the new PA 3.0 Mako ROM and follow this guide to install AOSP ROM Paranoid Android 3.0 on your Nexus 4 now!

How to Install AOSP ROM Paranoid Android 3.0 on Nexus 4:

Note: Please create a backup of your data in SD card or your computer and save all the important data.

  • Download latest version of PA 3.0 for Mako via this link:
  • GApps is not included in the ROM, so please download GApps for Paranoid Android ROM too and copy these both files on your SD card.
  • Boot your Nexus 4 in custom recovery mode (CWM / TWRP mode).
  • After booting in recovery mode, using the wipe data/factory reset option in CWM recovery wipe all your data.
  • Flash ROM & GApps files one by one, and reboot your Nexus 4.

The battery % is one big miss-out from this release which is being promised to show in the upcoming version. Have some fun with this new PA 3.0 and let us know about your feedback.

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