Unofficial LineageOS 17.1 brings Android 10 to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8
Samsung has been busy rolling out Android 10 updates to its flagship devices for the past few months now. The Galaxy 10 series was the first to receive the One UI 2.0 beta based on Android 10 in November last year while the Galaxy S9/ S9+ received their stable Android 10 update just yesterday. As for the Galaxy S8/S8+ and Galaxy Note 8, however, Samsung doesn’t appear to have any update planned. In fact, none of these devices are on the list of Samsung’s One UI 2.0 update schedule. This should hardly come as a surprise though, given all three devices are well past their standard 2-year software support window and have already received two major Android version updates during their run. So unless Samsung has any surprise planned, we are unlikely to see an official Android 10 update for the Galaxy S8/S8+ and Galaxy Note 8. But what if we tell you, you can still try out Android 10 on your device?
If you’re perfectly content with the overall performance of your phone and don’t want to upgrade to a new phone just for the sake of getting the latest Android version, then you can try installing this unofficial build of LineageOS 17.1. XDA Recognized Developer Stricted has released ports of LineageOS 17.1 for the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 8, allowing owners of these devices to experience Android 10 unofficially.
Given these are very early builds, there are quite a few things broken and missing at the moment. For one, the signal indicator and video recording on the stock camera app are broken. Second, you won’t be able to use your Bluetooth headphones to listen to music. Moreover, SELinux is in Permissive state, while the Screen Cast functionality is broken as well.
If you don’t mind these bugs and want to try out this unofficial port anyway, you can find the download links and detailed flashing instructions at the links given below for your respective device. You must have an unlocked bootloader and custom recovery like TWRP installed on your device to flash this ROM. Also, keep in mind that these builds are intended to be flashed on Exynos models only.