Paranoid Android Sapphire Beta announced OTA updates could come with donation support

The developers behind the popular Paranoid Android third-party ROM have confirmed that Sapphire Beta is set to launch this week, with OTA support potentially arriving depending on community donation support.

ONE Twitter thread from the official Paranoid Android site has detailed a few of the issues currently facing third-party ROM, while also suggesting some upcoming features. Developer Hernán Castañón answered some frequently asked questions about the ROM and addressed the lack of stable paranoid Android releases over the last few years.

The AOSPA project has attempted to offer an OEM-like update experience with an OTA update option. Unfortunately, with Paranoid Android a passion project, the economic impact of the development team behind this impressive ROM is felt. Castañón explained that the cost of maintaining the website and server hosting were the two main expenses for the small team of primarily students and hobbyists.

He went on to confirm that Paranoid Android Sapphire Beta builds based on Android 12L / 12.1 will be available from this week for select devices. However, there will be no OTA support due to the cost associated with hosting these slightly smaller files. Depending on community support and donation, future updates may come as OTA files rather than as huge downloadable files.

Castañón told Android police that OTA support could even have been implemented in November or December 2021. Because of this, the “stable” updates have been withheld and this has meant that Sapphire builds have been labeled “beta” in the time since. Currently, there are about 23 devices that have paranoid Android Alpha builds based on Android 12 available, including the OnePlus 8 and 9 series, the Xiaomi Mi 10 / 10T series plus many more.

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