+ Sunday February 24th, 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 name Wiki Maintainers Previous builds
Essential PH-1 mata haggertk, intervigil, rashed
Google Nexus 6 shamu elektroschmock, npjohnson, razorloves 15.1
Google Pixel 2 walleye rashed, raymanfx
Google Pixel 2 XL taimen rashed, raymanfx
Google Pixel 3 blueline rashed, raymanfx
Google Pixel 3 XL crosshatch rashed, raymanfx
Google Pixel Ultra (prototype p2) shark rastley
Google Pixel sailfish intervigil, razorloves 15.1
Google Pixel XL marlin intervigil, razorloves 15.1
Huawei Honor View 10 berkeley luk1337
Huawei P20 Pro charlotte luk1337
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus Wi-Fi YTX703F quallenauge, christianciach, vladimiroltean 15.1
Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus LTE YTX703L quallenauge, christianciach, vladimiroltean 15.1
Motorola Moto Z2 Force nash erfanoabdi, npjohnson 15.1
OnePlus One bacon jrior, npjohnson 15.1
OnePlus 3 oneplus3 dianlujitao 15.1
OnePlus 5 cheeseburger amartinz, codeworkx, jrizzoli, jumoog, xingrz 15.1
OnePlus 5T dumpling amartinz, codeworkx 15.1
OnePlus 6 enchilada luca020200, luk1337, maniac103
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 Wi-Fi (2016) gts28vewifi luca020200, luk1337, mccreary 15.1
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 Wi-Fi (2016) gts210vewifi luca020200, luk1337, mccreary 15.1
Sony Xperia XA2 pioneer cdesai, luk1337, stricted 15.1
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra discovery chenji, luk1337 15.1
Xiaomi Mi MIX A1 tissot thescarastic 15.1
Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S polaris bgcngm
Xiaomi Mi Note 3 jason dianlujitao 15.1
Xiaomi Poco F1 beryllium bgcngm, warabhishek
Zuk Z1 ham sb6596 15.1

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

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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

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the huawei links dont work
neither do the google pixel links

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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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