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Vsenn’s Modular Smartphone to Offer Easy Access to Paranoid Android, Other ROMs

by Jacob Kleinman | November 12, 2014November 12, 2014 7:00 am PST

Last week, Vsenn broke cover with a mysterious new modular smartphone set to take on Google’s Project Ara. Now, the company has offered up a bit more info, revealing plans to include easy access to popular ROMs starting with Paranoid Android.

Vsenn’s new initiative is officially called the Approved ROM Partner (ARP) Program. That means you’ll be able to download Paranoid Android and a number of other ROMs straight from Vsenn without needing to root your phone or void its warranty. The modular smartphone itself is set to run vanilla Android, and comes with the promise of an unprecedented four years of software updates.

As for Paranoid Android, it offers some clever enhancements to Google’s mobile operating system, including an immersive viewing mode and pie controls for quick swipe-based navigation. It also features quick interactive notifications and a dynamic system bar that can merge your status and notification bars into one.

We’re still waiting for more news on the modular phone itself, though Vsenn’s already shared plans for a 4.7-inch 1080p display option with more screen sizes to come. The company also previously said that the device’s camera, battery and processor/RAM will all be swappable components, though it’s unclear exactly how much new modules will cost or when the handset will actually launch.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...