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LineageOS 18.1 based on Android 11 goes live for 70 devices

LineageOS 18.1 is now live and available for numerous devices. (Image source: LineageOS)
LineageOS 18.1 is now live and available for numerous devices. (Image source: LineageOS)
The LineageOS team has finally released version 18.1 of its OS. LineageOS 18.1 is available for 70 devices, including many that are unlikely to receive Android 11 officially. LineageOS 18.1 contains several new features beyond those that Google introduced with Android 11, too.

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Google released Android 11 in August 2020, albeit only to its Pixel smartphones. Android OEMs like Samsung, OnePlus and Xiaomi have followed suit, as has the LineageOS team. According to a blog post, LineageOS 18.1 is available on 70 devices, including older ones like the LG V20 and the OnePlus 3. Neither of these devices will ever receive Android 11 officially, nor the Razer Phone, so LineageOS 18.1 is a great alternative to outdated OEM software.

Lineage has based LineageOS 18.1 on the December Android Security Bulletin and has included the following features compared to LineageOS 17.1:`

  • Security patches from April 2020 to March 2021 have been merged to LineageOS 15.1 through 18.1.
  • 18.1 builds are currently based on the android-11.0.0_r32 tag, which is the Pixel series unified tag.
  • Wi-Fi display is available for newer Qualcomm devices, on a device-by-device basis.
  • WebView has been updated to Chromium 89.0.4389.105.
  • Our Recorder app has been vastly improved in more ways than can be counted, go leave yourself a voice-memo so you don’t forget that great idea!
  • Screen recording has been moved to a QS tile to match AOSP’s behavior.
  • The user interface has been revamped and there’s also now a UI for easily viewing, managing, and sharing your voice notes.
  • It’s now possible to choose the quality of your audio recordings to save space.
  • It’s now possible to pause and resume recordings.
  • The FOSS Etar app has been forked, improved, and shipped in place of the stagnant and largely unmaintained AOSP calendar.
  • The Calyx institute’s FOSS Seedvault application has been included as a built-in backup solution.
  • To use it, navigate to Settings -> System -> Backup, and “Change backup provider” to Seedvault. You can then click “Seedvault Backup” to configure, schedule, and encrypt backups!
  • Backups created with Seedvault can be uploaded on your Nextcloud instance, an external USB drive or kept on your local storage.
  • There is now an option on non-A/B devices to update the recovery image alongside the OS, just as the stock OS would!
  • To use this, either enable the option during the initial device setup or navigate to Settings -> System -> (Show More) Updater -> Three Dot Menu in the top right -> and check “Update recovery alongside OS”.
  • Our music app, Eleven now has a more up-to-date UI and integrates nicely with all the new android features for music players such as seeking from the notification.
  • All LineageOS apps now have support for dark mode.
  • (17.1 too) Our recovery now has a new, colorful, and fun UI that is much more accessible.
  • (17.1 too) The firewall can block all connections now by making apps think that the device is in airplane mode.
  • (17.1 too) We’ve introduced a new expandable volume dialog UI that allows you to control multiple volume streams more easily.
  • (17.1 too) The partial screenshot feature has been improved with a new UI that’s easier to use. On 18.1 it also integrates nicely with the new Android’s “instant screenshot”. Long press the screenshot button in the power menu and give it a try!
  • (17.1 too) Trebuchet now supports icon packs.
  • (17.1 too) ADB root was reworked to ensure compatibility with other 3rd party root solutions.
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While it is early days for LineageOS 18.1, Lineage has already released its new OS to 70 devices. We have included the devices that Lineage has brought onto LineageOS 18.1, but we would recommend heading to its blog post for download links and installation instructions for your model.

Lineage notes that you need not necessarily wipe your device when upgrading to LineageOS 18.1 if it is already running an official build. You must do so if you are currently using an unofficial LineageOS build, though. Lineage hopes to bring LineageOS 18.1 to more devices too, although it has not outlined which are in the pipeline to receive its latest OS. The devices on which LineageOS 18.1 can be installed are as follows:

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Device name Codename
Essential PH-1 mata
F(x)tec Pro¹ pro1
Google Nexus 6 shamu
Google Nexus 7 2013 (Wi-Fi, Repartitioned) flox
Google Pixel 2 walleye
Google Pixel 2 XL taimen
Google Pixel 3a sargo
Google Pixel 3a XL bonito
Google Pixel 4 flame
Google Pixel 4 XL coral
Google Pixel 4a sunfish
Google Pixel 4a 5G bramble
Google Pixel 5 redfin
LeEco Le Max2 x2
LeEco Le Pro3 / Le Pro3 Elite zl1
LG G2 (AT&T) d800
LG G2 (Canadian) d803
LG G2 (International) d802
LG G2 (T-Mobile) d801
LG G5 (International) h850
LG G5 (T-Mobile) h830
LG G5 (US Unlocked) rs988
LG V20 (AT&T) h910
LG V20 (Global) h990
LG V20 (Sprint) ls997
LG V20 (T-Mobile) h918
LG V20 (US Unlocked) us996
LG V20 (Verizon) vs995
Motorola Moto G6 Plus evert
Motorola Moto G7 river
Motorola Moto G7 Play channel
Motorola Moto G7 Plus lake
Motorola Moto G7 Power ocean
Motorola Moto One Power chef
Motorola Moto X4 payton
Motorola Moto Z2 Force nash
Motorola Moto Z3 Play beckham
Nextbit Robin ether
Nokia 6.1 (2018) PL2
OnePlus One bacon
OnePlus 3 / 3T oneplus3
OnePlus 5 cheeseburger
OnePlus 5T dumpling
OnePlus 8 instantnoodle
OnePlus 8 Pro instantnoodlep
OnePlus 8T kebab
Razer Phone cheryl
Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505/G, SGH-I337M, SGH-M919) jfltexx
Samsung Galaxy S4 (SCH-I545) jfltevzw
Samsung Galaxy S4 (SCH-R970, SPH-L720) jfltespr
Samsung Galaxy S4 (SGH-I337) jflteatt
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active jactivelte
Samsung Galaxy S4 Value Edition (GT-I9515/L) jfvelte
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (Wi-Fi) gta4xlwifi
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e (LTE) gts4lv
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e (Wi-Fi) gts4lvwifi
Sony Xperia 10 kirin
Sony Xperia 10 Plus mermaid
Sony Xperia XA2 pioneer
Sony Xperia XA2 Plus voyager
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra discovery
Xiaomi Mi 5 gemini
Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus natrium
Xiaomi Mi 8 dipper
Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite platina
Xiaomi Mi MIX lithium
Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S polaris
Xiaomi Mi Note 2 scorpio
Xiaomi Poco F1 beryllium
Xiaomi Redmi 7 onclite

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Alex Alderson, 2021-04- 2 (Update: 2021-04- 2)