LineageOS was born from the ashes of CyanogenMod back in late 2016/early 2017, and since its beginning, the custom Android distribution has grown to support dozens of devices with millions of users. Back in late February of 2019, the team announced LineageOS 16 based on Android 9 Pie for 24 devices. Over the last few months, LineageOS 16 has added support for more devices like the OnePlus 6 and Essential Phone, but the custom ROM has also added a ton of new features along the way. To keep us updated on all the major changes made since the initial release of LineageOS 16, the team behind LineageOS has published a new blog post outlining their progress since March.
The changelog is quite long, so here’s a summary of my favorite feature additions. First, toggling Night Light can also now toggle the built-in dark theme. Next, the volume panel can now expand to show all volume streams so you don’t have to go to Sound settings; furthermore, you can move the default position of the volume panel to the left side of the screen. Then, expandable Quick Setting tiles are back; stock Android Pie doesn’t let you change Wi-Fi networks or Bluetooth connections from the Quick Settings anymore, but LineageOS brought that functionality back. There’s a new wallpaper app with some pretty default wallpapers, lock screen shortcut support, the famed circle status bar icon for the battery level is back, and the notification volume can now be unlinked from the ringtone volume. The stock dialer app has been updated to support call recording in regions where it’s legal to do so, Bluetooth SBC DualChannel HD has been added (this deserves a separate article so we’ll go into more detail on this soon), and all the security patches from April, May, and June 2019 have been merged.
LineageOS 15.1 and LineageOS 16 Download Links
We’re linking the download pages below for all the devices that currently have LineageOS 16 or LineageOS 15.1 releases. It’s up to you to follow the installation instructions mentioned in the wiki page because there’s no universal approach to installing LineageOS. In general, though, you’ll need to unlock the bootloader, flash a custom recovery, flash LineageOS, and then optionally flash a Google apps package. If your device isn’t listed below, be sure to check the XDA forums to see if there’s an unofficial release.
LineageOS 16 (Android 9 Pie) – Nightly Releases
LineageOS 15.1 (Android 8.1 Oreo) – Weekly Releases
Note: some devices have both official LineageOS 15.1 and official LineageOS 16 releases.
If your language isn’t natively supported by Android, you can help LineageOS add support for it by contributing to Crowdin. The team notes that Lineage is the first custom Android distribution with support for the Welsh (Cymraeg) language thanks to contributions from community translators.
Support the project!
LineageOS is a community-led effort. It depends entirely on contributions from volunteer developers, translators, and testers. If you wish to support the team’s efforts, you can do so by contributing in one of the following ways:
Submit a bug report
Donate to LineageOS to cover server costs
Follow LineageOS on Social Media to stay up-to-date on news
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