Not very long ago, CyanogenMod abruptly announced their shutdown and announced that they’ll end the support for the entire range of devices, one of the main reasons being financial problems in maintaining the servers that host the build. Fortunately the developers didn’t leave us high and dry, an alternative name Lineage OS was announced almost immediately which would be based on the same principles of CyanogenMod and would keep the legacy.
The team has been busy uploading builds and adding more devices to their range since mid January and the latest addition include the very special OnePlus 3T along with ZTE Axon 7 and several others. ZTE Axon 7 recently received the official bump up to nougat too. It should also be noted that the builds of OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3 have been merged signifying that their updates should be in sync and both will receive updates together.
The old devices haven’t been left out either and both the unlocked version and Verizon version of HTC One m7, Sprint locked LG G3, and several of the Samsung S2 tablets from 2016 have also received official support from Lineage community. The latest version is Lineage 14.1 which is based on Android 7.1 Nougat.
All the latest official builds can be accessed here. As can be seen in the statistics page, Lineage has already clicked over 440,000 downloads on the whole, the race being led by the first ever OnePlus smartphone which has been codenamed as bacon and rocks around 35,000 downloads, which is seconded by the Redmi Note 3 leaving behind a huge margin.
The most notable changes in this latest build include the following.
- Replacement of AOSP Sound recorder and CyanogenMod screen recorder with the recorder which is an in-house app baked by Lineage to do both the functions.
- Return of new Lineage wallpapers.
- New touch screen gestures for supported devices.