CarbonROM 8.0 adds support for the OnePlus 7, 7T Pro, and Redmi Note 4 and improves app launch speeds
It was just around 5 months ago that the CarbonROM team came back with a bang to shake up the custom ROM scene with their polished and feature-packed Android 10 builds (codenamed “PAX’). Since then, the team has added support for a couple of Sony and ASUS devices and revealed that they were shutting down the Android Oreo-based “Noct” branch. Now, the CarbonROM developers are back with a new release yet again, which brings support for a handful of OnePlus smartphones and brings even more improvements to the table.
While this release isn’t as feature packed as the initial major update, it still brings some noteworthy enhancements that you’ll indeed notice right away. For example, the custom font engine has been reworked extensively to support USAP Pooling, which in turn significantly improves app launch speeds. The new builds also include key security improvements, albeit the developers have yet to merge the September 2020 Android security patches.
As per a recent post on the team’s blog, the new CarbonROM build is now rolling out for all supported devices and it includes these improvements and features:
- August security patchset.
- Better organisation inside CarbonFibers and Settings.
- VoLTE and VoWiFi icons can be enabled inside CarbonFibers
- Design improvements to the lockscreen clocks to unify them in look and behaviour.
- New font engine implementation.
- Fixed a few Search related issues.
As mentioned earlier, the team has added support for the following devices as well. CarbonROM 8.0 “PAX” builds based on Android 10 for them are already available for download.
- OnePlus 7 (guacamoleb)
- OnePlus 7T Pro (hotdog)
- OnePlus 7T Pro 5G (hotdogg)
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (mido) [Upgraded from Pie-based CarbonROM 7.0 “Opal”]
Not all of today’s news is good news, though. The CarbonROM team has decided to remove the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (lavender) and the Redmi 7 (onclite) from their build roster. Until the device duo receives new maintainers, there won’t be any official CarbonROM build for them.
The stable version of Android 11 has been officially out for a few days now, and some other custom ROM teams, like the LineageOS team, have already begun work on their Android 11 versions. As such, the CarbonROM team will focus all their workforce to getting Android 11 working on their supported devices, but that doesn’t mean the end of CarbonROM “PAX” anytime soon. Currently, there is no ETA on when the Android 11 flavor for CarbonROM will be released.
Source: CarbonROM Blog