For the first time in several months, the team over at LineageOS have released an update on their recent work and updates as well as a progress report on their Build 15 train for Android Oreo.
The bulk of the work that has been going on since their last update, which was way back in September, has been on maintenance and security updates for the Build 14.1 train (Android Nougat) and 13.0 (Android Marshmallow). These have included fixes for the KRACK vulnerability, updating to the October & November security updates, new touchscreen gestures, and support for extended NFC. There have also been updates to the Recorder and Gallery as well as an update to the battery icon in that time too.
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OnePlus 2 owners, the sun hasn’t quite set on your 2015 flagship. Although OnePlus themselves have all-but dropped the phone, the developer community continues to bring out the best in the phone. The latest is LineageOS who has released an Android Oreo based ROM for the phone.
LineageOS Build 15 is now out in the beta channel and while it is far from being ready for your daily driver, the takeaway here is that development is happening across a lot of devices, including the OnePlus 2. There are a lot of things that don’t work, including the camera, in this alpha build. So unless you are a developer willing to give feedback and test (or some sort of ROM masacist), I would recommend staying away from it for now.
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The LineageOS team has released an update over the weekend that brings a massive number of fixes, improvements and, of course, a few new devices. Changelog 12 has been posted on the company’s site and frankly, it’s a bit easier to list what hasn’t changed or improved than what has in the latest update.
Let’s start with new supported devices. Nvidia Android TV, Nvidia Shield Tablet have been added as new devices while the LG G5, V20 and G Pad X on T-Mobile have been re-added to the supported list. The ZUK Z1 has also been added to the 14.1 train which is based on Android Nougat. Unfortunately the Moto G4 support has been suspended due to booting issues and support for the LG L90 has also been dropped.
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Ah, to be young and nimble. LineageOS is already steps ahead of many phone manufactures by updating their software packages with the June Android Security update. The company announced on their blog that all builds starting June 6th will include the patch. It means that once you have updated to these new builds, you will have the latest security patches for the platform.
This isn’t the only change in this update to the platform. In the latest build, you have the ability to prevent tasks from being removed when clearing all apps in the recent app view. The System WebView has been updated to Chromium 59, the latest version of that service. Also, you can now disable the lock screen album background when you are playing music.
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The team at LineageOS continues to shine with more new devices added to their supported device list this week. The headliner of those new devices are the Google Pixel C tablet and the GSM unlocked and Sprint variants of the LG V20. On the latter, with these two added, it means that the company now supports all US-based variants of the V20, a first for them.
The ROM builds for the Pixel C will be available starting on Monday, June 5th while the other ROMs for the other devices are now available. The new devices include the BQ Aquaris U Plus and the Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus while owners of the Motorola Photon Q and eEco Le Max 2 are now on the Android Nougat based 14.1 train.
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The lineup of devices supported by LineageOS continues to grow with 15 new devices announced this week with support. The custom ROM development team, formerly from CyanogenMod, has been busy added support for a wide range of devices, many of which are in their Nougat based 14.1 train.
This latest news shows how fast the platform continues to grow. With well over 1.5 million installs now, it has quickly become one of the most popular custom ROMs available for Android devices.
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The steady and fast climb of LineageOS continues with the latest update bringing several new fixes and support for new devices. Based on the latest statistics from the company, over 1.3 million installs of the platform have now been installed on a wide range of Android devices. Just last month they hit the 1 million mark to give you perspective on the growth. Now the company has released another new update and have added a handful of additional devices that are officially supported.
From a feature perspective, there are two new apps and an improvement on one. First, there is a new gallery app with easier navigation between timeline, albums and videos view and the app now supports full screen video playback. Second, there is a new FAB (Floating Action Button) in the Recorder app and you can also choose when the recording actually starts. As for improvements, the LineageOS Updater has been improved and should no longer break downloads or corrupt them in certain situations.
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