+ Monday December 16th, 2019

There are some that prefer to use custom ROMs on their devices and often for many reasons. The biggest, most popular custom ROM in the game is LineageOS and it has today rolled out Android 9.0 in the form of LineageOS 16.0, something many manufacturers struggle to do.

LineageOS is entirely a community ROM run by volunteers. Over the past few months they have been working hard to get it ready for the millions of users worldwide. With LineageOS 16.0 they are bringing more features and reliability and a lot of improvements to already included features.

They have also made LineageOS compatible with the default implementation of dark mode that Google have been preparing Android for. Their launcher, Trebuchet has gained the ability to hide apps and then requiring authentication before they will open.

LineageOS 16.0 will be launching with a “small” selection of devices at this stage with nightlies rolling out from today. They can be downloaded from their download portal or using the updater app built into previous versions. The changelog for version 16.0 Pie includes:

  • It’s now possible to set custom automatic update check intervals in the updater (never / once a day, once a week / once a month)
  • Calculator now supports dark mode through Styles API
  • Added “Mark as read” action in messages notifications
  • Exchange support
  • December 2018, January 2019 and February 2019 security patches have been merged
  • Webview has been updated to Chromium 71.0.3578.99

The list of devices that are already running LineageOS 16.0 is extensive although they call is a small amount and puts so many manufacturers to shame:

Initial 16.0 devices

Device nameWikiMaintainersPrevious builds
Essential PH-1matahaggertk, intervigil, rashed
Google Nexus 6shamuelektroschmock, npjohnson, razorloves15.1
Google Pixel 2walleyerashed, raymanfx
Google Pixel 2 XLtaimenrashed, raymanfx
Google Pixel 3bluelinerashed, raymanfx
Google Pixel 3 XLcrosshatchrashed, raymanfx
Google Pixel Ultra (prototype p2)sharkrastley
Google Pixelsailfishintervigil, razorloves15.1
Google Pixel XLmarlinintervigil, razorloves15.1
Huawei Honor View 10berkeleyluk1337
Huawei P20 Procharlotteluk1337
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus Wi-FiYTX703Fquallenauge, christianciach, vladimiroltean15.1
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus LTEYTX703Lquallenauge, christianciach, vladimiroltean15.1
Motorola Moto Z2 Forcenasherfanoabdi, npjohnson15.1
OnePlus Onebaconjrior, npjohnson15.1
OnePlus 3oneplus3dianlujitao15.1
OnePlus 5cheeseburgeramartinz, codeworkx, jrizzoli, jumoog, xingrz15.1
OnePlus 5Tdumplingamartinz, codeworkx15.1
OnePlus 6enchiladaluca020200, luk1337, maniac103
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 Wi-Fi (2016)gts28vewifiluca020200, luk1337, mccreary15.1
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 Wi-Fi (2016)gts210vewifiluca020200, luk1337, mccreary15.1
Sony Xperia XA2pioneercdesai, luk1337, stricted15.1
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultradiscoverychenji, luk133715.1
Xiaomi Mi MIX A1tissotthescarastic15.1
Xiaomi Mi MIX 2Spolarisbgcngm
Xiaomi Mi Note 3jasondianlujitao15.1
Xiaomi Poco F1berylliumbgcngm, warabhishek
Zuk Z1hamsb659615.1

I hope those manufacturers who are late to update and those who never/rarely update take a good hard look at what unpaid volunteers are doing and doing extremely well and successfully. If only they treated their paying customers the way LineageOS treats their non-paying free customers.

Scott Plowman   Editor


Scott is our modding guru - he has his finger on the pulse of all things ‘moddable’, pointing us towards all the cutting edge mods hacks that are available. When he’s not gymming it up, or scanning the heck out of Nexus devices, you'll find him on the Ausdroid Podcast.

Outside of Ausdroid, Scott's a health care professional and lecturer at a well known Victorian university.

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Still can’t find Los 16 in the download site. What happened? Thanks


i wonder where you have seen the 16.0 builds,
First, there is also no release blogpost from LineageOS

Second, on official download servers only 15.1 is available
i.e. https://download.lineageos.org/oneplus3

noice brewery
noice brewery

the huawei links dont work
neither do the google pixel links


The manufacturers that are late to update, or never update, don’t want to update. They want users to buy a new phone to get the latest OS.

The only ones that promptly update the OS are Google (with its Pixel phones) and Nokia. The rest leave you stranded.

Jeni Skunk
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I would beg to differ on that, Les. Look at the list of supported devices and note the number of Google devices that start the list. No other manufacturer has 8 devices supported. OnePlus has 5, Xiaomi has 4. The rest one or two devices.

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