After being officially teased by the development team behind the ROM project, it appears that the popular paranoid Android could soon be available for Pixel 6 Pro.
Third-party ROM support for Google’s flagship lines is common, but the Pixel 6 series has received less support in the months following launch than previous series models.
Paranoid Android Sapphire
Custom ROMs can be a fantastic way to switch up the software your phone runs, whether you’re trying to breathe new life into an old smartphone or you simply want a change of pace.
While the practice isn’t as common as it once was, there are still some fantastic options to choose from, with Paranoid Android being one of the most popular.
For some time now, we’ve been tracking additions to the support roster for the Android 12-based Sapphire release, and today we learn about a major new one on the way soon: a small phone known as the Pixel 6 Pro.
A screenshot of the most recent Sapphire build fully booted on a Pixel 6 Pro was teased in a tweet from the official Paranoid Android account. That doesn’t mean you can go out and download and flash Paranoid Android on your phone right now, but you might be able to very soon.
There was no mention of timelines or potential launch dates. However, given that the Paranoid Android Sapphire builds are only available for a limited number of devices, the addition of Google’s latest and greatest flagship would be a huge step forward, potentially indicating that we will see even more Pixel support in the future.
Currently, the list of phones supported by Paranoid Android Sapphire is limited to a few manufacturers. OnePlus is by far the most popular (at least among Western audiences), but we also see support for Poco, Redmi, and Xiaomi handsets. That limited selection is a big part of what has us so excited about this Pixel 6 Pro teaser.
The AOSPA Project
Although this is fantastic news, it’s worth noting that the AOSPA project has been struggling to stay afloat in recent months. The team behind Paranoid Android attempted to implement an OEM-like update experience with the addition of an OTA update option.
The cost of running servers to host builds, as well as the financial implications, have slowed the progress of the hobbyists behind this impressive ROM.
While running a custom ROM is not something we would normally recommend for most people, it is a great way to gain access to customization not available in AOSP builds while also providing a long-term support avenue for devices that have since been abandoned by the manufacturer.