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    LineageOS 18.1 brings Android 11 to over 60 smartphones

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    The Android group’s largest aftermarket distribution, LineageOS, is now up and operating with Android 11. The new launch is known as “LineageOS 18.1,” and builds for over 60 smartphones are hitting official servers for manufacturers like OnePlus, Google, Xiaomi, Sony, Motorola, LG, and even some previous Samsung gadgets.

    New Lineage OS 18.1 incorporates, in fact, all of the Android 11 options from the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), like a brand new notification panel with a persistent media participant, floating “bubble” notifications, one-time permissions, new emojis, a brand new autofill system for the keyboard, and extra. All the Lineage apps now assist darkish mode, and a fork of the FOSS “Etar” calendar app replaces what Lineage calls the “stagnant and largely unmaintained” AOSP calendar. The FOSS app SeedVault has been included as a built-in backup resolution, and Lineage’s display screen recorder and music apps have been revamped.

    Google releases the Android supply code as “AOSP,” however Google’s repo is an enormous pile of code that is not device-ready. LineageOS takes AOSP code and whips it into shippable form, patching up any lacking parts with its personal code and including a few of its personal apps instead of Google’s proprietary apps (although you possibly can flash Google’s apps on prime of Lineage, too) and baking a number of customization and mod-friendly options into the OS. Everything Lineage does is free and open supply.

    Most importantly, Lineage has a military of volunteer system maintainers who port builds of Lineage to every particular system, merging in {hardware} assist and debugging compatibility issues in order that particular person mannequin homeowners can really use the OS. This yr, the entire course of took seven months. (And to any for-profit system producers on the market that have been simply overwhelmed to the replace punch by a staff of volunteers with solely public-level entry to the supply code, disgrace on you!)

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    Lineage’s largest barrier to adoption (and a motive you may not have the ability to set up it in your system) is the trade’s affinity for locked-down bootloaders. Many cellphone producers and carriers don’t need their prospects to have the ability to management the system they personal, so that they lock the bootloader, which blocks the set up of aftermarket OSes, root entry, full NAND flash picture backups, and the flexibility to resurrect the cellphone in restoration mode if one thing goes flawed throughout an replace. If you may get a tool with an unlocked bootloader (both formally or by way of a safety exploit) and official LineageOS assist, you may be set for years, although. Today, 6- to 7-year-old gadgets just like the OnePlus One and Samsung Galaxy S4 are being up to date to Android 11.

    If you need to attempt Lineage, the release blog post incorporates hyperlinks to device-specific directions for each supported system. The undertaking can be, as at all times, placing out the decision for extra system maintainers, documentation writers, and translators.

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