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BIG Android August Giveaway! [10 PRIZES]

Hey guys, we’ve teamed up with 5 of our YouTuber friends to bring you another BIG Android August Giveaway! (Yey, we are on a roll, our 2nd-in-a-row!)

There’s a total of 10 Android gadgets you can win so make sure you enter the giveaway as everyone has a fair chance to win (winners are picked randomly).

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Project Fi Unboxing & Setup on Rooted Nexus 6!

I finally got hands on Google’s new Project Fi, which is a new type of carrier-switching smartphone plan from Google.  Basically, Google uses T-Mobile and Sprint’s network to give you best of both worlds at a low monthly cost.  The best part about Google Fi is that you only pay for data that you use and all unused data carryover to the month.  While carriers like AT&T do carryover, their carryovers expire after only a month while Google allows you to carry over as long as you want.   In essence, it’s somewhat prepaid data plan.

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OnePlus Two vs Galaxy S6 vs LG G4 Camera In-Depth Comparison!

In today’s video, we will be comparing the cameras of the OnePlus Two vs. LG G4 and the Galaxy S6.  Since the LG G4 and Galaxy S6 are the two best cameras on the market, this should show you real world performance differences between the OnePlus Two and best of the market right now.  And since Note 5 has the same camera as the Galaxy S6, you can assume the results of S6 are nearly identical for Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus.

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OnePlus Two Unboxing!

Just got my OnePlus Two in the mail and boy, this is definitely one of the more fun phones you can buy this year (so long as you can grab an invite somehow).

The OnePlus Two this year comes upgraded from last year’s OnePlus One with a Snapdragon 810 processor, same 1080P screen, and new features.

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Android Gadgets of the Week! [#1]

First, we have the SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 flash drive. This is one of the fastest USB flash drives you can buy for the money you spend, currently the 64GB version is being sold for just $38 on Amazon. In real world usage, I found I get about 190Mb/s for read and 150Mb/s for write to my PC. Overall, that’s really good for a USB 3.0 flash drive that cost me less than $40. If you use tend to transfer a lot of data using USB flash drive, this may definitely one of the best deals right now. Of course, if you have an OTG cable, you can hook it up to your Android device, which I got pretty decent speeds of 38Mb/s for read and 40Mb/s for write.

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New Nexus 5 & 6 Leaks, Qualcomm 820, and Android Stagefright Exploit!

For this week’s green news, we discuss the Qualcomm 820 quad-core processor, New Nexus 5/6 leaks, and Android Stagefright exploit and how to fix it easily.

Here’s transcript of the video:

To say 2015 hasn’t been a great year for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon flagship would be a severe understatement. The Snapdragon 810 was supposed to be the latest and greatest processor. Instead, words like ‘overheating’ and ‘throttling’ accompanied any talk of the 810 in a new phone throughout the year. The disaster began in January with the LG G Flex 2 and continued with the HTC One M9 a few months later. By the time we arrived at the release of the G4, LG opted for the Snapdragon 808 instead of the 810 to curtail any heating concerns.

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What’s on My Phone #2 – Chrome Remote Desktop, Wemo, Nest! [Apps]

Let me go into what’s on my phone this week and talk about some of the apps I am using this week. This week, I have both the Android Wear and Samsung Gear apps installed for my LG Urbane watch and Gear S watch. Android Wear app doesn’t let you pair more than one watch at a time but if you have an Android Wear watch and Samsung watch, you will be able to use two watches simultaneously. I find this part kinda odd, I wish Android Wear allows you to pair multiple watches and I am sure those of you super high on Android would like to wear different watches for different outfits.

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Amazon Echo Review & Voice Controlled Home Automation HOWTO w/ WeMo!

When I first got the Amazon Echo, it was a pretty cool device that you could talk to when you are bored but there were limits to the device as I was used to doing complex things with my Google Now already.  Of course, I also find playing music rather convenient, especially when I am doing dishes, I can turn on music without bothering to dry my hands, I really like that.  But at the price of near $200, is this gadget worth it?

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Gear S vs. LG Urbane Comparison & Buying Guide!

Gear S or LG Watch Urbane? Probably the two best smartwatches out this year are these two bad boys from Samsung and LG and you probably couldn’t go wrong with either of them. But which one is the right one for you?  Let’s find out!

Last October I bought my Gear S smartwatch in South Korea within a few days of its release. I’ve swore this watch really set the bar high on the smartwatch world with its curved 2-inch AMOLED screen with a whopping resolution of 360×480. That sounds small but for a small device like a watch, it gives you that pixel-free life-like display that’s going to beat any other smartwatches on the market. Compare that to LG Urbane’s measly 320×320 resolution and Apple Watch’s 270×340. Sometimes, Samsung does the display right and this time they killed it months (or maybe years) before their competition.

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Gear VR for S6/S6 Edge Review!

This is an updated review for the Gear VR on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. (See our original Gear VR Review here)

Samsung has updated the Gear VR, now it works for both Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.  Before the Gear VR only worked for Note 4 but not the Note Edge, which was particularly annoying since you had to make a choice between a curved display or a flat one with VR capabilities.  If you own a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge though, this year you are both able to take full advantage of the new Gear VR for the Galaxy S6 as they both work flawless out of the box.

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How to Make 4K Timelapse Video w/ Android and Camera FV-5!

If you want to make a high quality 4K timelapse on your Android smartphone, you will definitely want to use the Camera FV-5 as it comes with intervalometer (that automatically takes photos for the interval you set).  There are apps that make timelapse videos for you but the quality you get out of them will be nowhere near doing it this way by taking our photos then post-process them with desktop software Adobe Effects.  And if your Android smartphone supports RAW images (like LG G4, OnePlus One, Nexus 5/6), you will have more control over your images in your final edit, even remove noise from low-light shots.

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OnePlus Two Invites are HERE!

This morning I got up and found that the OnePlus Two invites are HERE!   If you have been following HighOnAndroid.com since last year, you may remember how OnePlus One invite system sucked.  Well, this year, the invite system is a bit different.  For those of you who sign up early, you will be able to get your hands on the OnePlus Two simply by signing up.

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How to Make Hyperlapse Video with Android! [Advanced Method]

So, you want to make a cool hyperlapse video with your Android device or DSLR/mirrorless camera?

If you wanted to make something simple, you could possibly use Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile app for Android.  Now, if you wanted something with higher quality and something you could actually use for professional-quality videos, you will want to used the advanced method of taking the photos individually/manually then post-process them using Adobe After Effects and Photoshop or Lightroom.

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How to Edit Raw Images on Android! [Lightroom App]

For those of  you who have bought a new smartphone or own one with RAW image capabilities (LG G4, Galaxy S6 with Android 5.1.1, Nexus 5/6), you may want to know that you can do much more with RAW images then standard JPEG (JPG) image files.

So, what is the difference between RAW and JPEG?
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The Battle Cats Game Review!

Probably my favorite Android game of all time is The Battle Cats.  Although I try to stay away from games as I have very addictive personality and would not get anything done playing games, I was introduced to this game by my daughter Peony who plays a ton of games on her Galaxy S4 running Resurrection Remix ROM.

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How to Install Xposed Installer on Android Lollipop 5.0/5.1/5.1.1!

Xposed Installer is an essential app required to run various different Xposed Modules/Apps to add extra functionality to your Android device such as enabling tablet mode using Xposed App Settings or cloaking root through Root Cloak.    In fact, some of you use it so much that you even refuse to upgrade to Lollipop.  Xposed Installer has actually been available for awhile now and they actually work for most Android devices on Lolllipop including Android 5.0, 5.0.1, 5.0.2, 5.1, and 5.1.1.

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Avengers Galaxy S6 Case and Wireless Charger Unboxing!

It’s probably near impossible to get your hands on the limited edition of Avengers Iron Man Galaxy S6 (which supposedly sold for almost $91K USD) but I have some good news for you.  In my recent visit to South Korea, I spotted Avengers cases for Galaxy S6 (comes with Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, or Captain America) along with Avengers Wireless Charger that is Captain America’s shield.

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How to Setup VPN on your Android! (Access Netflix/Pandora Outside U.S.)

Many people have asked me in the past about how to setup a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to do various things like accessing Netflix/Pandora outside the U.S., installing apps on Play Store only available to U.S., and making their internet traffic encrypted and anonymized.  Whatever the case, I had the first hand experience to test out VPN outside the U.S. recently in my vacation to Thailand, which is a great test spot as it’s located on the other side of the earth (actually it’s located between the sun and earth).

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LG G4 Giveaway Contest! [Winner Picked!]

LG G4 giveaway is finally here folks!  LG has sponsored our giveaway contest (huge thanks to LG!), make sure you enter!

We will be choosing 1 winner on June 7th 3PM Pacific Standard Time.  This LG G4 is an unlocked international H815 model that works on AT&T, T-Mobile, and any other GSM networks.

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Galaxy Note 4 vs. Galaxy S6! [Phablet vs. Phone]

Since many of you requested, I did make a comparison video comparing the latest Galaxy Note 4 versus the Galaxy S6.   Before I begin, let me tell you that these are really two different devices, a phablet and a phone.

The Galaxy Note 4 is considered a “phablet”, a device in which the user can use as a phone and a tablet at the same time as its whopping 5.7-inch size isn’t exactly size of a regular phone while it can be considered as a small tablet.  On the other hand, the Galaxy S6 is really considered a regular-sized smartphone, although it may be bigger than some of the average smartphones out there.  Without a doubt, you should consider which size you are more comfortable using on a daily basis before considering other things like performance, display, camera, etc…etc…  For me personally, I really like the 5.7-inch size of the Galaxy Note 4.  Even LG G4’s 5.5-inch screen seemed a bit small for me.   Although I love the camera on the Galaxy S6 and LG G4, I have recently returned to using my Galaxy Note 4 as daily driver.  You should also consider the size of the phone before anything else as I think it’s the most important feature in a smartphone.

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Aukey 10,000mAh Quick Charge 2.0 USB Power Bank!

 

For those of you who own a phone like the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Note 4, Nexus 6, HTC One M9, or the LG G4, did you know there’s a USB power bank that can take full advantage of Quick Charge 2.0 technology on your phone?

Especially if you own a phone without removable battery, you may want to consider getting a USB power bank that supports Quick Charge 2.0 so you can charge on the go quicker and use your phone all day long.

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Big Android Giveaway Summer Time!

Yes, summer time is almost here and we are having a big Android giveaway with a bunch of our YouTuber friends!

We will be giving out a a bunch of Android devices including a Zenfone 2 4GB, Nvidia Shield TV, Moto 360 with silver band, Nexus 7 2013 Edition, Moto E, and Cubot phone.

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Galaxy Note 4 vs. LG G4! – What Are the Differences?

If you are on the fence about buying a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or the LG G4, let me shed a bit of light to help you decide.  Without a doubt, both Galaxy Note 4 and LG G4 are the top 2 best phablets on the market today.

Probably the biggest difference between Galaxy Note 4 and the LG G4 is the S-Pen stylus and pressure-sensitive screen.  The Note 4 is the fourth iteration of world’s first phablet-type of device and its S-pen can do lots of things like draw, access full-sized websites more accurate, and allow you to use your phone all without your hands.  Of course, this is a unique feature only found with Galaxy Note 4 (other copycats have something like S-Pen but no pressure sensitivity) and many artists can swear by their new found abilities of making art on the go.  On the other hand, the LG G4 lacks this very feature that makes phablets cool to carry around.  But if you don’t need the S-Pen, the LG G4 is probably the next best alternative without the added weight.

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Galaxy S6 vs. LG G4 – Which Phone Should You Buy?

If you are on the fence between the Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge or the LG G4, you may want to consider several factors like size, display, battery life, storage, and some more.  These are probably the two of the baddest of Android smartphone this year and here’s my recommendations based on using both of them as daily drivers for more than 2 weeks.

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Wireless Qi Car Mount for Galaxy S6/S6 Edge! [iOttie Easy OneTouch Wireless]

Couple month back  I made my own DIY Wireless Car Mount which worked quite well for me.  Recently I found a new product that you can buy called iOttie Easy OneTouch Wireless Qi Car Mount.  Upon trying it, I am happy to recommend it to anyone who has recently bought a Galaxy S6/S6 Edge or any other smartphone with wireless charging capability.

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LG G4 Review!

So, you are thinking about buying an LG G4? Maybe not sure what’s cool and what’s not cool about the LG G4?

In this review, I will be going over the LG G4, what it is and why you should get it.

The Specs Display

The LG G4 sports a 5.5-inch 1440P screen with 538ppi, that’s 538 pixels per inch!  The display has gotten slightly brighter from last year’s LG G3 along with the upgraded display.

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LG G4 Cases! [Ringke/Spigen/Verus]

If you don’t use a protective case for your LG G4, don’t ever expect it to survive a drop test and don’t cry because you forgot to get a case.

There are a ton of drop tests online on YouTube that prove nothing.  Without a case, your smartphone will break if you drop it in a certain way (usually face down) and you may have noticed numerous people carrying around their smartphone with broken screens (which look awfully funny, like someone who drives a car with a half-bent frame.

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Gear VR for Galaxy S6/S6 Edge Unboxing!

Want the best virtual reality headset for your Android smartphone?  Well, if you own a Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, you can grab Samsung’s latest Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6, which work for both S6 or S6 Edge.

Note: The actual experience on the Gear VR gives you full 3D experience that’s very smooth, I used a screen recording app in my video which doesn’t record at full frame-rate and you are only seeing half of the screen.  But you get the idea, just imagine the video I showed you with 3D experience and smoothness.

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LG Watch Urbane Metal Band Replacement! [HOWTO]

While I do like the leather bands on my new LG Watch Urbane, I was really intrigued by the fact that the watch itself supports standard 22mm watch bands.  Plus, I wanted to have something unique and make my new watch customized, just like my phone with a custom ROM.

Well, I ordered a 22mm metal watch band on Amazon and link removal tool (to re-size the band) with no knowledge of modding a watch except for my common sense.  I usually go to my local watch repair shop but since it had closed down and there are not many watch repair shops around these days, I decided to do it all myself.  Best of all, it only took me 5 minutes!  I am sure many of you know how to do this already but for those who don’t, here’s some photos I took while I did mine.

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LG G4 HONEST Unboxing!

I finally got my hands on the LG G4 and unboxing this new bad boy was a pleasure.  First off, the LG G4 is a huge improvement over last year’s LG G3, which in my opinion had one of the best smartphone cameras with its laser-focus and 4K with OIS.

The LG G4 has pretty much all of those features from last year with a 16MP back camera (from 13MP last year) and F1.8 lens (from F2.4 last year) touted as the fastest camera lens for a smartphone ever.

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LG Watch Urbane Unboxing & Review!

LG Watch Urbane is probably the most anticipated Android Wear watch this year featuring a full 360-degree screen, just like a regular watch.  Priced at $349 on the Play Store, is this the ultimate smartwatch to get this year?  Let’s find out.

 

Fresh out of the unboxing, the LG Watch Urbane gave me this impression that it’s high quality.  In fact, the watch band itself is made out of real leather with perfect stitches tricking you into the thought that this wasn’t a smartwatch but a luxury watch.  Well, a quick look in the back of the watch shows us its heart rate sensor and 5-pin charging port.

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Best Android Smartphones 2014 & 2015! [Buying Guide]

Whether you are thinking about getting a new 2015 flagship smartphone like the Galaxy S6 or maybe getting the 2014 LG G3 as prices have dropped in half, here’s some of my thoughts into the Android smartphones from 2014 and 2015.

Now, this buying guide is geared towards people who want to know some of the highlights of each of these phones and I wanted to include some of my thoughts on rooting and custom ROM development on each.  This isn’t probably the best guide in the world but then again, I have personally bought all of these phones with my hard, earned money and yes, I have used them all as daily driver.  If you are in the market to buy a new phone or used phone, this guide should help you.

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Galaxy S6 Edge vs iPhone 6 Plus Video Camera Comparison!

In this video camera comparison test, we take on the Galaxy S6 Edge versus iPhone 6 Plus.   Which has a better video camera when hand-held using your two hands?

The Galaxy S6 Edge and iPhone 6 Plus both have OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) with S6 Edge having up to 4K video recording (1080P/2K/4K modes) and iPhone 6 Plus having 1080P video recording.  The results are actually rather interesting.  With S6 Edge, there seems to be some warping effect when the phone is panning or when you are walking with the phone.  This is most likely due to its OIS acting up but that’s one of the culprits of having too much OIS.  Meanwhile, the iPhone 6 Plus does a lot better for panning shots but it does seem to pick up more shakes than the S6 Edge.  Of course, for most shots that don’t require movement of the camera (where the camera is held still with two hands), the S6 Edge will do better while the iPhone 6 Plus may do better in panning with landscape shots.

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CM12.1 ROM with Android 5.1.1 Review!

CyanogenMod Team has announced official CM12.1 nightlies, which are the latest CM12.1 ROM based on the latest Android 5.1.1 (not Android 5.1) Lollipop.  I’ve flashed these official and unofficial CM12.1 ROMs on many of my Android smartphones and boy, these are definitely the best CyanogenMod ROMs I’ve seen so far.

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Wireless Charging Qi USB Power Bank!

Couple weeks back I was looking for a product that is truly wireless, a wireless Qi charger that doesn’t require wires.  Well, my search didn’t go too well until I saw one of Flossy Carter’s YouTube videos, where he was testing the Galaxy S6 cases and finding out if thicker cases affected the wireless charging.  In that video, he was using one of these truly wireless Qi USB power banks!

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How to Install Flash Player on Android Lollipop!

For those of you with latest Android 5.0, 5.0.1, 5.0.2, or 5.1 Lollipop OS, here’s how to install Adobe Flash Player to view legacy Flash Player-enabled websites.   You will need to use a Flash Player-compatible browser like Dolphin browser (which I highly recommend btw).  This will allow you to enjoy all your flash content even on Lollipop.  And yes, if you have a newer device like the Nexus 6 or Note 4 with latest Qualcomm 805 processor or higher, flash runs really fast.

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Gel Suction Smartphone Car Mount Review!

For those of you who live in the U.S., did you know it’s illegal in over 50% of the States to have a suction cup phone mount on the windshield of your car? (See my article here for list of illegal States). Cops will probably not pull you over but if they wanted to find a reason, this could be one reason to pull you over. If you like to carry illegal stuff in your car (not that I recommend it), pay attention, I may save you from going to jail. Besides that, having a suction phone mount on your windshield does get in the way of your view.

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Fastest Micro SD Card Shootout! – Samsung vs. Sony vs. SanDisk!

I use a lot of microSD cards, mostly because I flash a lot of custom ROMs on my Android smartphones and I wanted to find out which microSD card is the fastest in the world.

For this shoot, I am using three of the best Class 10 microSD cards from Samsung, Sony, and SanDisk, the Samsung 64GB PRO rated at 90MB/s, Sony HighSpeed MicroSD rated at 95MB/s, and the SanDisk Extreme PRO rated at 95MB/s.

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LG Tone+ Wireless Bluetooth Headset Review!

The LG Tone+ Wireless Bluetooth headset is a wireless and stereo earbuds that will allow you to listen to music and talk on your phone easily all without wires or being tangled up.

If you talk a lot on your phone, listen to music all day long like myself, or perhaps you work out, you will definitely want to get one of these. My last wireless bluetooth headset before this one was Motorola bluetooth headsets, which were really uncomfortable to wear and the battery didn’t last long, it’s still collecting dust somewhere in my garage. (I hope it dies!)

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How to Take Super Macro Photos/Videos with Android Smartphone!

The other day, Twitter user M14xr2 asked me, “hey can you use a macro lens on a Nexus 6?”

And I said, “hell yeah, let me go ahead and test one out, will get back to you.”

Well, I got one of those strap-on macro lenses and boy, they work not too bad out of the box. This particular version I got on Amazon is called Pocket Lens but there’s actually a ton of generic ones on Amazon, I think they are all pretty much the same thing.

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Nexus 5 DROP TEST with a CruzerLite Case!

It seems to me pretty obvious that the Nexus 5 screen will crack if you drop it without a case.  So to prove the point, I did a drop test of my brand, new Nexus 5 with a CruzerLite case, which I have been using for many of my other Android devices and it protects your phone well, especially the screen.

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How To Add Pie Control To Any Rooted Android Smartphone/Tablet! [LMT Launcher]

What’s hot around town right now?  Of course, it’s the PIE Control!

If you are running the latest ParanoidAndroid ROM, you can get PIE Control, a new way of accessing your home buttons.

Now, the good news is that you don’t need to install ParanoidAndroid ROM to get this feature.  You can install LMT launcher app on “any” Android smartphone/tablet device and also even customize the buttons (up to 10 buttons + another 10 for long-press on the buttons).