When the OnePlus One, the first phone from OnePlus, was released back in 2014, it was an almost instant hit. The price for what you got in the phone was hard to beat and it had almost a cult-like following from fans. But, like all manufactures, OnePlus eventually dropped support for the phone as new models were released. In other words, there was no chance it would ever see Android Oreo 8.1.
Fast forward to 2018 and the OnePlus One lives on. LineageOS, the company that rose from the ashes of CyanogenMod (which is what was originally running on the OnePlus One ironically), has just added support of Android Oreo 8.1 for the OPO along with a handful of other devices. The support comes to LineageOS 15.1, the build which is based on Oreo 8.1.
Along with the OnePlus One, LineageOS 15.1 has brought Oreo 8.1 to the following devices:
- Huawei Ascend Mate 2
- OPPO Find 7a/7s
- Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A
- Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus
LineageOS 15.1 launched earlier this year in February and has had a steady increase of supported devices since its release. While there have been plenty of contemporary phones that are supported, there have also been a few popular older devices added too. This gives owners who have these devices an option that can keep their devices more up-to-date both from an OS perspective as well as a security patch level perspective.
If you haven’t checked out LineageOS, you can do so at their site to get details on the company and their builds. Downloads of device images are available directly from their site too. Note that to install LineageOS or any custom build of Android, you need to be comfortable with unlocking and sideloading builds on your phone. There are plenty of tutorials out there on how to do this but a word of advise it to take your time in the process.