Lineage OS has been the talk of the town for a month now. Over the past four weeks everyone who has ever developed a custom ROM is talking about it. The OS comes out as the gen-next version of the cyanogenmod. When it was initially announced that cyanogen is shutting down, there was a lot of confusion in the community of modders. However, things have since settled down and a clearer picture is now visible. In a latest update today, first official Lineage OS builds are now out.
Official Lineage OS builds have been released for the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X, along with Motorola’s Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus. Nextbit Robin too gets the Lineage OS official builds, while the Xiaomi 1S too gets it. As of now there are only six smartphones which have received these builds. However in the next few days we expect a large number of names to join the list.
These official lineage OS builds are all named Lineage. However the numbering has been kept the same as that of cyanogenmod. Build 14 stands for the Android 7.1 Nougat OS while the builds numbered 13 stand for Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. Some of these builds are titled ‘experimental’ – these builds are the ones that users can directly flash on top of the cyanogenmod builds.
Users can begin installing these official Lineage OS builds straight away. However the one thing that is to be kept in mind is that LineageOS does not support root by default. However a separate flashable zip will soon be provided to root the phones. As of now these files are not available. More updates on this are likely to come out in the weeks to follow. Things are indeed getting interesting in the world of custom ROMs, and Lineage OS is at the center-stage of things.