LineageOS 17.1 adds support for 5 Motorola and 4 Xiaomi devices, including the Moto G (2015), Xiaomi Mi 5, and others
The LineageOS infrastructure faced a security breach in early May, which caused almost a month-long pause in the team’s workflow. Fortunately, the team managed to get back on track after fixing the issue, and they have now added a bunch of Motorola and Xiaomi phones to the official LineageOS 17.1 roster.
The list of Motorola devices includes the third-generation Moto G, AKA the Moto G (2015), its “Turbo” variant, the Moto E LTE (2015), the Moto G4 Play, and the Moto X Play. The common factor among the newly supported devices is their chipset, as the first four are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (msm8916) SoC. The Moto X Play, on the other hand, is based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (msm8939) chipset, although LineageOS developers prefer to maintain both platforms under a unified “moto8916” tree due to their internal similarities.
In a similar manner, a total of four Snapdragon 820/821 (msm8996) Xiaomi devices are now shifted from Android Pie-based LineageOS 16.0 to the world of Android 10-based LineageOS 17.1. While the regular Mi 5 and the Mi 5s Plus took the leap, a similarly specced Mi 5s (code-name: “capricorn”) couldn’t make it due to its glitchy ultrasonic fingerprint sensor under Android 10. The remaining two are the Mi Note 2 and the first-gen Mi MIX.
The device-specific LineageOS wiki links are listed below. You can download the recovery flashable package for each of the following devices by clicking on “Get the builds here” on their respective wiki pages.
Unlike Xiaomi, Motorola is known for shipping a close-to-stock version of Android in their smartphones, but their track record with software updates fell by the wayside as it became part of Lenovo. The good thing is, most variants of the aforementioned Motorola phones feature an unlockable bootloader, which enables users to effectively save them from premature obsolescence by installing a community-supported custom ROM like LineageOS.