LineageOS Nightlies out now

The first wave of LineageOS 14.1 nightlies have now started rolling out for a list of devices.

Later last month, an unfortunate disaster stuck CyanogenMod, leading the team/management to part their ways. It was sad, knowing that the oldest custom ROM was coming to an end. CyanogenMod was also responsible for bringing the latest Android versions to the lower spectrum of Android smartphones, and also the one with biggest supported-device list. In fact, CM7 was the first ever custom ROM I installed on my LG Optimus One P500. There was only a rare chance that you owned an Android device and it wasn’t being supported by CM.

Soon after the company decided to shut down its processes, a word came out of a new ROM known as LineageOS. The news was confirmed when the website – lineageos.org came live.

So, yes, this is us. LineageOS will be a continuation of what CyanogenMod was. To quote Andy Rubin, this is the definition of open. A company pulling their support out of an open source project does not mean it has to die.

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And we knew CyanogenMod was not going anywhere. The all-new LineageOS will pick off, where CM was laid down. Despite of the fact that the name has changed, a new logo has appeared, but the purpose and sole focus of the ROM still stays the same.

A few weeks later now, LineageOS 14.1 (Android 7.1.1) is set to hit your Android. The current list of supported devices is below:

  • Asus Zenpad 8.0
  • BQ Aquaris M5
  • Nexus: 4, 5, 5X, 6P, 7
  • HTC: One 2014 & One 2014 Dual SIM
  • Huawei: Honor 5X & Ascend Mate 2
  • LG: G3 S, G3 Beat, G4 Intl, & G4 Tmo
  • Motorola:  E, E2, G4, G4 Plus, G4 Play, X Play, G, G2 4G
  • Nexbit Robin
  • OnePlus: One, 2, 3, X
  • Oppo: Find 7A, Find 7S, N3, R5, & R5S
  • Samsung: Galaxy S2, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S5, Note 10.1
  • Sony Xperia M
  • Xiaomi: Redmi 1S, Mi3w, Mi5, Mi Max, Redmi 3/Prime, Redmi Note 3, & Mi4

The above is the list as noted on Jan 26, 2017. The number of supported devices is increasing constantly. So, if your device has still not got it, keep an eye out.

There are a few facts that you should know:

  • Releases will now be made weekly, since the team wants to focus evenly on each and every device.
  • From being the first ROM to offer root, to the one where root will not come baked in.

If you’re a developer, you can visit LineageOS Gerrit or Github repo for complete source code.

What’s new?

As stated earlier – “LineageOS will be a continuation of what CyanogenMod was”, so most of the software is still the same. Except, you will now see the new name and logo instead of CyanogenMod’s.

An all-new boot animation is there, representing the new brand name. The colour however has been shifted from Cyan to more green-ish shade. On the first boot, the setup screen is new too. And then comes the good part when your phone finally boots into the operating system. The UI looks exactly the same, give or take a few minor changes, and device now operates even more fluidly.

The ROM comes with the stock CyanogenMod apps including – AudioFX, Gello Browser, Camera, File Manager, Music, Screen Recorder, and the famous old Trebuchet Launcher. The apps are really cool, considering the fact that they come in-stock.

You might ask that why did we mention them as “CyanogenMod apps” and not “LineageOS apps”. If you look carefully, you will see that apps still have the same application name and company domain as before.

Everything else stays the same and the best.

Install LineageOS

The ROM comes with no Google apps installed (not even the Play Store). So, if you need them, you can just flash over a supported GApps package of your choice. Another important thing to note is that the ROM forces encryption on your device, so if you don’t want to encrypted or stay decrypted, then flash SuperSU or a compatible modified boot.img (kernel) for your device.

The below instructions are meant to be used on a supported device with TWRP recovery installed (Guides to TWRP).

  1. Download latest nightly build for your device: Link (E.g. lineage-14.1-20170123-nightly-angler-signed.zip)
  2. (Optional) Download 7.1.1 GApps for your device and architecture: opengapps.org
  3. Transfer both the downloaded files to your device’s storage.
  4. Reboot your device into TWRP recovery. This could either be done by using the special button combo or by using the following command while your device is connected to PC:
    adb reboot recovery
  5. Go to Wipe > Advanced Wipe. Select Dalvik/ART Cache, System, Data, and Cache. Swipe the “Swipe to Wipe” button to begin the wiping process.
    Wipe Partions in TWRP
  6. Next, tap on Install. Browse the storage and select the ROM zip file. Swipe the “Swipe to confirm Flash“.
  7. Repeat the above step for the GApps now.
    Install LineageOS via TWRP
  8. Once done, go to Reboot > System.

Now that you have installed LineageOS on your device, tell us how has it improved for you and your device. Do you think LineageOS will be able to mend for the mistakes that Cyanogen made? Let us know by dropping a comment below.

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