After months of hype and teasers, the Nothing Phone (1) was officially unveiled last week with a mix of impressive flair and a solid feature set for its mid-range price. Within days, Nothing released the kernel source and full device tree that made it easy for third-party developers to build custom ROMs for phones (1). Hot on the heels of that drop, the Paranoid Android team announced that their custom ROM is coming to the Nothing phone.
Resource Nothing Found, Phone Paranoid Android experience (1) should be smooth, stable, and bug-free. There’s no specific date for when the first build will first be available, but given the device goes on sale, it could be a few weeks before the first alpha (or beta) Paranoid Android Sapphire build is out.
Given that the Phone (1) ships with a clean, lightweight build of Android 12, it’s unclear just how you’ll benefit from throwing a custom ROM on the mid-ranger. However, Paranoid Android has been resurrected over the past few months with more devices slowly being added to the support roster. For those wanting full control over their devices and the ability to customize in ways not possible with stock skins, this might be a tempting prospect.
The OS is almost identical to the build of Android you’ll find on Pixel devices with some tuning to help make the Glyph light and usability difference. Many of the original Paranoid Android team were hired by Carl Pei’s OnePlus to work on OxygenOS long before the release of the Nothing Phone (1). It will be interesting to see if we see some paranoid Android features bleed over or be adopted by Nothing OS as it evolves.
Unfortunately, no time frame has been shared for when you will be able to flash Paranoid Android on Nothing phones (1). If you like tinkering with your phone, the value may go up a bit.