LineageOS 16 arrives officially on the 2014 Moto X, LG G3, and unofficially on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
The smartphone and consumer electronics industry moves at breakneck speed, with new devices coming out one after the other. With all the quick releases and the shiny new hardware, we tend to forget that devices that have already been launched do not necessarily become unusable just because their successors have been released. Smartphones have a usable life beyond what OEMs would like you to believe and provided you take decent care of it, the hardware can definitely last you for more than 3 years, especially if you purchase a flagship. If you have a Moto X or an LG G3 from 2014 lying around, you can try booting up these capable devices and giving them a fresh lease of life with official builds of LineageOS 16 based on Android Pie.
While Android 10 is the latest Android dessert, it’s availability is somewhat restricted in these early days of launch. For most users, Android Pie remains the safe haven of stability until OEMs bring over the latest dessert officially, or developers bring over the treat unofficially.
Moto X (2014)
For users of the Moto X (device codename: victara) who are still using this humble device from 2014, there is absolutely no chance that Motorola/Lenovo will bring over Android Pie to this phone that was launched with Android 4.4.4 Jelly Bean and upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Your best bet for trying out new releases would be to unlock the bootloader on this phone, load up an available custom recovery and try out one of the available ROMs. LineageOS has added in official support for the Moto X 2014, so you can flash nightly builds with updated security patches after downloading it from their website.
LG G3 (2014)
Similarly, official LineageOS 16 is now available for the LG G3 too. Do note that there are different builds for different carrier versions, so ensure that you download and flash the correct build for your device.
LineageOS 16 for the LG G3:
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
While older devices have received builds officially from the LineageOS build servers, newer devices also keep receiving builds, making living with that hardware that much more easier. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e was launched in February 2019, but with Samsung’s UX skin on top. If you would like to get away from Samsung’s software, you can try out these unofficial LineageOS 16 builds.
Try out these builds and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!