ASUS ROG Phone II Developments: Google Camera, LineageOS 17.1, and more
The ASUS ROG Phone II was inarguably one of the most iconic phones from 2019. Along with great performance chops, the device also offered users a unique design and some innovative features like the AirTriggers, all of which was accompanied by a rather affordable price tag. In an attempt to generate more interest in the device among the Android development community, ASUS shipped out a few units of the ROG Phone II to custom ROM and kernel developers late last year in December. Shortly thereafter, the device received support for the popular TWRP custom recovery allowing users to flash custom ROMs and kernels on the device. Most recently, ASUS rolled out Android 10 for the ROG Phone II and released the kernel source code for the device. This seems to have led to a bump in third-party development for the device, with an increasing number of custom ROMs and kernels being released on our forums. In this ROG Phone II development update, we’ll be listing down all the new custom ROMs, kernels, and mods that are now available for the ROG Phone II.
Unofficial LineageOS 17.1
Following the release of the Android 10 kernel source code for the device, we now have our first Android 10-based custom ROM for the ROG Phone II — LineageOS 17.1. This unofficial build of LineageOS 17.1 will give your device a stock Android look and feel, while also unlocking a plethora of customization options. To try it out for yourself, you can download the ROM from the forum link below and follow the instructions in the comments to get started.
If you like trying custom kernels on your device, then you can check out the Kirisakura kernel for the ROG Phone II. The Android 9 Pie-based kernel is just an enhanced version of the stock kernel which upstream changes to various subsystems to offer excellent performance and reliability. You can download the kernel from the forum post linked below and follow the instructions mentioned in the post to get it up and running on your phone.
In order to install a custom ROM or kernel on your ROG Phone II, you’ll first need to flash a custom recovery on the device. Thankfully, both unofficial and official builds of the popular TWRP custom recovery are already available for the device. In case you aren’t sure how to go about installing the custom recovery on your device, the forum post linked below has a detailed guide that will help you along the process.
In case you’re facing issues updating to the latest firmware release on your ROG Phone II, you should try out the ASUSUpdate app. The app directly interacts with the ASUS servers to look for updates and easily bypasses any regional restrictions set in place by the company.
Google Camera port
While the ROG Phone II is a great smartphone overall, it significantly lags behind the competition in the camera department. Which is why you’d be glad to know that a Google Camera port is now available for the device and with it you’ll be able to greatly improve the device’s photography chops. Most of the Google Camera features will work as soon as you install the modded APK on your device, however, if you wish to use the Playground or Sticker features, you’ll need to follow a separate guide.
For those of you who enjoy using custom fonts on your device, you can try out the FlipFont app on the ROG Phone II. While the app doesn’t natively support the device, a user has managed to figure out a workaround that will allow you to install any font on your phone. To try it out for yourself, just download the APK from the link below and carefully follow the instructions highlighted in the post.
Along with the aforementioned ROMs, kernels, and mods for the ROG Phone II, there are a couple of essential guides for the device that you should know about. These include a step-by-step guide to convert the Chinese Tencent Games ROM to the International ROM and one to help you enable VoLTE and VoWiFi services on the device.
Convert CN to WW ROM: In case you’re using a Chinese Tencent version of the ROG Phone II and wish to switch to the international firmware, you can follow the guide linked below. What’s really great is that the guide also works the other way round, in case you ever wish to roll back to the original firmware.
Enable VoLTE/VoWiFi: In case you’re facing issues with VoLTE/VoWiFi services on your ROG Phone II, you can follow this detailed guide to enable VoLTE/VoWiFi on your device. However, before you start with the guide, you’ll first need to enable DIAG support on the device by following this separate guide.