The Paranoid Android 5 Alpha 1 update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and other supported device is now available for download. The announcement has been made by the Paranoid Android team in this blog post.

Paranoid Android 5 Alpha 1 is based on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and, as a I was mentioning above, it's available for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and other officially supported smartphones. You will also be able to install the software on Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, OnePlus One, Oppo Find7, Find7, and Find7s. Unfortunately, the Galaxy Nexus (GSM, Verizon, and Sprint) has been group of officially supported Paranoid Android devices.

Besides the Lollipop-specific goodies such as Material Design, ART (Android Runtime), multi-user support for phones, better battery statistics, battery saver mode, improved security, new Recents menu, revamped notifications bar and Quick Settings, lock screen notifications, and Smart Lock, the Paranoid Android 5 Alpha 1 update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 also arrives with improvements to Heads up, the ability to disable heads up notifications, Quick unlock, and extended power. You should also notice the Material animation for the volume, the ability to skip songs using volume buttons, support for CM12 Theme Engine, and various bug fixes.

If you flashed custom ROMs before, then installing Paranoid Android 5 Alpha 1 on your device shouldn't give you any headaches. After you download the Paranoid Android 5 Alpha 1 build for your device from here and Gapps from here, make sure that you have root access on your device and that you have installed a custom recovery. Copy both PA 5 Alpha 1 and Gapps on your device, reboot into recovery mode, than flash both ZIP files from recovery. Anyway, do not proceed if you have no idea what you are doing.

The Paranoid Android team advises you to perform a factory reset if you are flashing PA Alpha 1 coming from KitKat, stock, or any other ROM. Furthermore, OnePlus and Oppo users must flash the latest CM nightly before installing the Alpha 1 build.

What are your expectations for the Paranoid Android 5 Alpha 1 update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10? Please let us know in comments.

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