It’s official, Cyanogen Inc. has closed its software services and abandoned support for CyanogenMod. As you could have guessed, CyanogenMod will not survive this restructuring. Its name and its spirit will continue through with the revamped Lineage OS ROM, the successor of CM.
The LineageOS team is composed of all former members and contributors of CyanogenMod. Only the name has changed, but it is also the opportunity for the team to structure itself a little better, which should undoubtedly lead to better cohesion in the development process, and therefore a cohorent end-product.
Until now, Cyanogen Inc. was responsible for hosting CyanogenMod files. That cord has been cut and the servers will now be hosted by professionals. These pro developers will ensure stability of the infrastructure. Some details still remain to be finalized to ensure smooth functioning during the first official deployments of the ROM.
What happens to Cyanogen Mod now
When Cyanogen was born 8 years ago, Android was very different from how it is now. The system had very significant shortcomings and manufacturers often made the experience worse instead of improving it. Currently due to the improvement of characteristics of the smartphones and awareness of many brands, using a ROM is something much less necessary than before.
CyanogenMod was not obligatory but it helped many users. LineageOS will have it much harder if it wants to become successful. We might assume that some brands would be interested in using LineageOS as an alternative to Android but that is the path Cyanogen Inc tried and failed.
Until now, several versions of CyanogenMod were available, based on different versions of Android. LineageOS will take over the two main versions that are still active, namely the CM 13 (based on Android 6.x Marshmallow) and that of CM 14.1 (based on Android 7.x Nougat). These two versions will have weekly updates.
All former versions of CyanogenMod are now part of LineageOS. However, many devices will be supported at least if the various developers maintain it.
Manual Flashing is Required
Though it utilizes the same code as CM, Lineage OS will not be offered as an OTA update to users currently running CyanogenMod. This will require manually flashing the zip from an alternative recovery like TWRP. After these steps, OTA updates will resume like official updates.
The structure of both ROMs is still based on a common architecture and a “clean flash” will not be necessary. In other words, LineageOS can be installed on CyanogenMod without having to go through a “clean” system.
How to Install Lineage OS
Lineage OS Requirements
The installation of Lineage OS varies for each device. But as a rule of thumb, it will be necessary to have the following –
- An unlocked bootloader
- Alternative recovery such as CWM or TWRP
- A PC
- Some knowledge of command line
Keep in mind that if you install Lineage OS, you will definitely void the warranty in case of incorrect handling. So be careful. Once the ROM is installed on your smartphone, you will find an interface very similar to that of Android.
Lineage OS DOES NOT requires root access.
Warning – Installation includes a reset to factory data, so it is recommended to backup apps and data in the internal memory.
Lineage OS installs like any other ROM. Here’s the basic process for installing Lineage OS (this may differ for individual devices) –
- Download Lineage OS and copy it to the internal memory of your device.
- Unlock bootloader.
- Install a custom recovery such as TWRP updated to the latest version.
- Perform a factory reset (Wipe data and cache).
- Select the Lineage OS ROM package from Install and install it.
- After flashing Lineage OS ROM, it is also essential to install Google Apps package, flash the same way as ROM. To avoid problems, do not reboot after installing the ROM. Restart only after flashing Google Apps.
Download Lineage OS
Even though LineageOS is still new, many developers have already published the unofficial nightly release in the past week. Most of these are stable nightly builds based on kernel and on CyanogenMod sources.
The supported devices are those that were previously supported by CyanogenMod. There are some new devices too, for which, however, LineageOS is not yet stable.
Lineage OS 14.1 ROM Supported Devices List
Lineage OS versions are generally classified as –
If you are looking for a stable version, choose the release. Their updates are slower, but their stability is much greater.
If you are adventurous, then you can try the nightly builds or even the experimental builds. You will encounter numerous bugs/errors but you will get almost daily updates and access to latest builds.
Note – The current list of supported devices is not official. The devices marked in red are unstable on Lineage OS as of now. So it is not recommended to use LineageOS as a primary ROM. It is always recommended that you use the latest ROM builds.
|LG G2(Scroll to the bottom and choose lineage-13.0-xxx.zip)||6.0.1|
|LG G2 Mini||7.1.1|
|HTC Desire 816 (qualcomm)||7.1.1|
|LG Nexus 5||7.1.1|
|LG Nexus 5X||7.1.1|
|Huawei Nexus 6P||7.1.1|
|HTC Nexus 9||7.1.1|
|Moto E 2015 LTE||7.1.1|
|Samsung Galaxy S3||7.1.1|
|Samsung Galaxy S5||7.1.1|
|Samsung Galaxy S7||7.1.1|
|Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge||7.1.1|
|Xiaomi redmi Notes 3||7.1.1|
Many other devices soon will be supported by Lineage OS. We will update the list gradually so watch out.
Will you install Lineage OS on your smartphone or prefer to wait for a stable build? For any questions, comments advice comment below.