The newest version of popular custom ROM LineageOS is finally here, and it doesn’t disappoint. The latest update brings with it a wealth of new enhancements, including a patch for the much-publicized KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability, a quick setting tile for LiveDisplay, and a redesigned recorder app.
Many of the changes, which date all the way back to September 23, are security-related. The development team’s baked in Android’s October security patch and squashed a bug that made it possible to bypass the lockscreen, and they’ve fixed the aforementioned KRACK exploit.
Some other minor changes include the addition of Kabyle to the LineageOS translation system, a language from northern Algeria, and a new status page that detects automatically when various services are down, rather than refreshing manually.
The LineageOS team’s also implemented stricter quality control tests and says that going forward, it won’t support smartphones and tablets that fall short of its new requirements. Several have been removed already, either as a result of the maintainer reneging on support or failing to fix critical issues, including the LG G3 (Verizon), Ark Benefit A3, Wingtech Redmi 2, Moto Z Play, Lenovo Vibe K5, LG G4, HTC One M9, Samsung Galaxy S3 International, and the Moto X.
Official LineageOS release aren’t based on Oreo yet, but the team says it’s hard at work porting the newest version of Android to LineageOS. They’re working on Android 8.1 and are merging their work from Android 8.0, meaning the next version of LineageOS will jump to 15.1 instead of 15. And the CMSDK, a remnant from the Cyanogenmod Days, will be phased out as the team extracts features from it so that they work independently.
There’s no upgrade timeframe on Oreo yet, but the folks at LineageOS say they’ll soon have news to share on the official blog.
Here’s a full list of what’s changed in LineageOS recently:
If you’re interested in reading about the nitty gritty, you can check out the blog post at the source link.