Paranoid 4.4 AOSP build for Nexus 4: Review


In my previous post, I gave my review of 4.4 KitKat Nexus 5 port for Nexus 4 device. As I mentioned, the battery life was terrible and lot of apps went unresponsive, and I ultimately had to accept defeat and revert back to the good old 4.3 Jellybean. However, not to be let down with my experience, I went ahead to try the only other option for 4.4 on the web: Paranoid Android 4.4.

Paranoid’s Facebook page claims it to be a sober AOSP build. It was released within few hours after Google released Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat. The servers got overloaded within hours with everyone scrambling to try out the latest Android on their Nexus device. While the odexed Nexus 5 Port on XDA forum was for Nexus 4 devices exclusively, Paranoid’s AOSP build of 4.4 has been released for Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (both 2013 and 2012 edition). After my failure with the odexed Nexus 5 port I was apprehensive about trying another 4.4 ROM. However the curiosity got the better of me and I gave it a run.

Again I have met with a failure in my attempt to run 4.4 without any glitch. While the battery does last considerably longer on Paranoid and my device does not heat up, it still falls short of the battery life I am used to in 4.3 Jellybean. But that is not the only problem I faced in my trial of this particular ROM. The GPS seems to have stopped working and the location based cards on Google Now has been disabled. I am not sure how many of you use Foursquare to check in, but without a functioning GPS, Foursquare has become redundant for me. VLC player is another app which does not work. The app is definitely not compatible with KitKat. But since MX player has updated their app to work on KitKat, this should not be a problem.

While KitKat again gets the attention for the smooth functioning and better color contrast and sharper icons, I cannot find it worthy of using it on my device yet. I say this because I find it very hard to charge my device twice a day. That said, I am sure when Google releases the AOSP 4.4 KitKat for Nexus 4, things would be a lot better. Firmware which has not been tested fully will always compatibility issues with the hardware. My final resort currently is to see if installing Spandragon™ Batteryguru helps me with the battery life. I will add an update when I am done with my experimentation.

For those of you who owns a Nexus device and are very much interested in trying out the Paranoid 4.4, here are the link for download.

Link 1 | Mirror 1 | Mirror 2

Make sure you are using the latest recovery mod for your device while installing the gapps. Have fun trying out the latest that Android has to offer and do let us know about your experience.


About Bharath Bhat

Master in Genetics, Researcher in Molecular Biology, Android enthusiast.

6 thoughts on “Paranoid 4.4 AOSP build for Nexus 4: Review

  1. Jaspreet

    Which 4.3 ROM were you on earlier? Or which one do you recommend (with what kernel) to get the BEST battery life??

    • Jaspreet, I was using the Stock Android AOSP 4.3 Jellybean on my device. If you are using a Nexus 4 device or any device that is powered by Snapdragon Processor, you can try Snapdragon Batteryguru to get the best battery life. I highly recommend the app to anyone using Snapdragon powered device. You don’t have to go for a custom kernel, even the stock would work, provided your battery health is good. Hope this helps you.

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