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LineageOS 19: Google's Pixel 2 and 3 other iconic old phones getting Android 12

Keep those old-but-gold phones out of the landfill and simultaneously stick it to the man. (Image source: OnePlus, Google, Notebookcheck)
Keep those old-but-gold phones out of the landfill and simultaneously stick it to the man. (Image source: OnePlus, Google, Notebookcheck)
LineageOS 19.1 recently dropped, bringing Android 12 support to a whole host of devices, with many more on the way. Whether you have a moral objection to upgrading phones more than once a decade, or you simply can't afford it, with LineageOS you can still have Android's latest and greatest on these older devices.
Article compiled by Julian van der Merwe
The choices and comments made on this list belong solely to the author.

1. OnePlus 6 (and 6T)

The OnePlus 6 and 6T were launched when OnePlus was still one of very few manufacturers making flagship killers. Both the OnePlus 6 and 6T were pretty well received by users and reviewers — aside from the display notches, that is — and featured premium build quality, great performance, and a no-frills Android experience thanks to OxygenOS. OnePlus also just recently ceased support for the OnePlus 6 series after three major Android updates, leaving them both on Android 11 — actually not a bad run, all things considered. 

If you're happy with the camera performance of the OnePlus 6 or 6T, and one of them is still filling your pocket, there are very few reasons why you shouldn't use LineageOS to upgrade it to Android 12 and keep on keeping on (OnePlus 6 ROM and guide; OnePlus 6T ROM and guide). 

OnePlus recently made a return to its old flagship-killing ways with the OnePlus Nord 2, which is available on Amazon

The OnePlus 6 is definitely a handsome device, and the camera combination puts it ahead of its time. Nobody could fault you for holding onto one if you have it. (Image source: OnePlus)
The OnePlus 6 is definitely a handsome device, and the camera combination puts it ahead of its time. Nobody could fault you for holding onto one if you have it. (Image source: OnePlus)

2. Xiaomi Mi A2 (Mi 6X)

One of the perks of the now-defunct Android One program was supposed to be that phones in the program received longer than normal support and had a mostly stock Android experience. In the case of the Xiaomi Mi A2, at least one of those was true. Xiaomi sadly abandoned the Mi A2 with Android 10. 

The Mi A2 launched with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC — not a particularly performant chipset, even for 2018 — although it still manages to more or less keep pace with the Mediatek Helio G35 in the 2021 Nokia G20.

Although rumoured for release, the official LineageOS 19.1 ROM has not yet launched, so keep an eye on the official ROM page or check the XDA Developers forum for alternatives.

It's honestly surprising that Xiaomi didn't get a lawsuit from Apple over the design of this phone. (Image source: Notebookcheck review)
It's honestly surprising that Xiaomi didn't get a lawsuit from Apple over the design of this phone. (Image source: Notebookcheck review)

3. Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL

Between the reasonable price, premium materials, and unique design, the Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL were fan favourites among Pixel users. The strong camera and SoC performance made the phone stick around in the pockets of those of us who are not eager to upgrade unnecessarily. 

Unfortunately, Google cut off support for the Pixel 2 series before Android 12 launched. That means if you want the fancy new Material Design tweaks or privacy bells and whistles, LineageOS and the custom ROM community are your only options. You can download the official LineageOS 19.1 builds and follow the installation guides for the Pixel 2 (guide) and 2XL (guide) on LineageOS.org. 

The Google Pixel 2 XL's Panda colourway is definitely peak Pixel design. (Image source: Google)
The Google Pixel 2 XL's Panda colourway is definitely peak Pixel design. (Image source: Google)

4. Pocophone F1 (Poco F1)

Xiaomi launched the Pocophone F1 in 2018 at an extraordinarily low price, pitching the device as another flagship killer. While the results were mixed — with the F1 suffering in many camera tests — the device did feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC and 6 or 8 GB of RAM, meaning performance should hold up to almost all daily tasks except for some heavy GPU loads.

This iconic device was one of the first in the midrange wars that led to the rise of brilliant devices like the Samsung Galaxy S10e and more recently the Galaxy S21 FE, not to mention everything that has come out of Poco in recent years. 

The LineageOS 19.1 official ROM for the Pocophone F1 is available for download from the LineageOS site — as before, please follow the official guide if you aren't familiar with rooting and flashing. 

It's easy to see why the Pocophone F1 won the hearts and minds of Android fans when it launched — even the design is elegant and premium. (Image source: Notebookcheck review)
It's easy to see why the Pocophone F1 won the hearts and minds of Android fans when it launched — even the design is elegant and premium. (Image source: Notebookcheck review)

XDA Developers has a full list of devices with official LineageOS 19 Android 12 ROMs that you can peruse if you are interested in diving into the world of non-stock Android. Beware of unofficial ROMs — though they may not cause any problems at all, you are putting your trust entirely in the developer of that ROM, and you can never know who to trust. Before you take any drastic measures, it's worth checking an Android 12 update tracker to make sure your manufacturer hasn't released or planned an update already. 

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Notebookcheck, LineageOS, XDA Developers, OnePlus (1) (2)

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Julian van der Merwe, 2022-05- 3 (Update: 2022-05- 3)