The biggest open source operating system replacement for the Android community, LineageOS, is now available with Android 11. The new version is called “LineageOS 18.1”, and builds for more than 60 smartphones are coming to official servers. .
Android 11 has already been rolled out to several devices, including those made by Google, OnePlus, Samsung, and Xiaomi. While many users are now using the latest version of Android, older device users are not so lucky. This is where the “aftermarket” versions of Android, or custom ROMs, help users get the most out of their devices.
Google publishes the source code for Android under the name “AOSP”, but the Google repository is a big pile of code that is not compatible with all devices. LineageOS takes this AOSP code and formats it so that it can be deployed to more devices. Lineage has an army of aircraft maintenance volunteers, which carry versions of Lineage on every device. This year, the port of Android 11 will have lasted seven months.
What does LineageOS 18.1 bring?
New custom operating system features include a new recovery interface, a more powerful firewall, an improved logger with quality settings and dark mode for all LineageOS applications. The Seedvault app will now be responsible for creating backups, while Eleven integrated music app received a new user interface.
You will also find all the features of Android 11 announced by Google that are already present on recent smartphones. Connections for 5G devices are improved, and the new version of LineageOS also natively supports displays with varying refresh rates. Users will also have access to new one-time permissions to protect their privacy..
Over 60 devices have received the LineageOS 18.1 update, including some from manufacturers like Essential, Google, LG, Motorola, Nokia, OnePlus, Razer, Samsung, Sony or Xiaomi. All of these devices are marked in the official wiki as supporting LineageOS version 18.1, not the previous update 17.1 which was based on Android 10. You can find the full list on the LineageOS official website.
To read also: How to install LineageOS on your Android smartphone