Paranoid Android Brings Chat Head-Style Multitasking To Nexus Devices

Android (rooted): Facebook’s Chat Heads inspired the developers behind the popular Paranoid Android ROM to copy the system for a universal multitasking method called Halo. Now, it’s available for download on Nexus devices.

For those unfamiliar with this feature, when you get a new notification, a bubble will appear over whatever you’re working on. Tap the bubble to open up a floating version of the app that’s trying to get your attention, and you can reply or perform any normal action without leaving the app you’re currently in.

Right now, the early build of this ROM that contains Halo is only available for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 7 3G, the GSM Galaxy Nexus and the Oppo Find 5. This is also very experimental software, so if you decide to try it, keep in mind the risks that come from using unfinished software. Of course, it’s just one more feature that makes ROMs like Paranoid Android awesome — even on a Nexus phone.

Nexus guys, go grab your HALO [Paranoid Android via Liliputing]


  • Pretty cool, I as a business user still prefer a multiwindow approach like Samsung – it would be nice if there was a way to make it NOT pause things, because one of the only real practical non-business case uses I can think of for it really is things like watching a youtube video without having to entirely leave the app just to reply to something..

    I don’t really think it deserves as much hype as that guy gives it at the start either, it reminds me of one of those “as seen on tv” ads at 3am..

  • I’m going to be honest, when Facebook Messenger updated to include the Chat Heads it was probably one of the best updates I’d seen for any app in quite some time. My mind flew with the possibilities if it was incorporated system wide. So, obviously, I’m really keen to see where Halo goes.

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