At the very dawn of the Android OS, a group of developers wanted to get more out of their mobile devices than they were capable of. Cyanogen along with a band of enthusiastic contributors created CyanogenMod, one of the most popular custom ROMs ever created for the Android OS.
While having a great run, CyanogenMod is now no longer among us, and the project was killed off after Cyanogen Inc. went under. But with enough support from the users and developers willing to do the hard work, it has been rebooted as LineageOS.
Now we may soon see a new version of the ROM – LineageOS 16 – which will be based on Android 9 Pie. Right now, LineageOS 15.1 is available and is based on Android 8.1.
- When will my OnePlus device get Android 9 Pie?
- When will Samsung launch the Android 9 Pie beta program?
- Xiaomi Android 9 Pie release date and news
- Huawei Android 9 Pie device list
- Motorola device list for Android 9 Pie update
LineageOS 16 device list and availability
You can download the LineageOS 16 ROM for the devices given in the table below. This device list will be updated as more and more ROMs become available. Download Gapps from the source page if given, otherwise simply hit up our Android 9 Pie Gapps download page given right below.
Note: Be sure to read and follow the requirements (if any) mentioned at the source page. You may need to install the latest version of TWRP recovery or any other file as may be mentioned on the source page linked above (we have tried to highlights such stuff in the pre-requisite section above, too).
|Device||Download Link||Source page||More|
|Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (Z00L|Z00T)||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum|
|Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 (X00TD)||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum||Be sure to use the recommended TWRP recovery for Android 9 Pie at the Source page.|
|HTC One M8||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum||Compatible only with single SIM variants. Be sure to install required TWRP.|
|LeEco Le Pro3||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum||Be sure to install the given TWRP; Supported variants: LEX720 (ZL1_CN), LEX722 (ZL0_CN), and LEX727 (ZL1_NA)|
|Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus (A6020)||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum|
|LG G2||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum||Compatible only with single SIM variants. Be sure to install required TWRP.|
|Moto G 2014 (Titan)||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum|
|Moto G5S Plus (sanders)||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum|
|OnePlus 3 and 3T||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum|
|OnePlus 5||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum|
|OnePlus 5T||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum|
|OnePlus 6 (enchilada)||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum|
|Samsung Galaxy S7||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum|
|Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition, lt03lte)||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum||Be sure you have installed 5.1.1 bootloader by flashing firmware via Odin, and you have TWRP 3.2.1 or newer installed.|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (T713)||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (T719)||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (T813)||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (T713)||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum|
|Sony Xperia XA2||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum|
|Xiaomi Mi 5 (gemini)||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum||Make sure you have the MIUI 8.8.30 or newer installed.|
|Xiaomi Mi 5s (capricorn)||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum|
|Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus (natrium)||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum|
|Xiaomi Mi A1 (tissot)||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum||Be sure to install TWRP 3.2.3 or newer.|
|Xiaomi Mi Mix (lithium)||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum||Be sure to install TWRP 3.2.3 or newer.|
|Xiaomi Mi Note 2 (scorpio)||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum||Be sure to install TWRP 3.2.3 or newer and follow other note at the development page.|
|Xiaomi Redmi 3s (land)||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum||Be sure to install recommended TWRP and Gapps at the source page.|
|Xiaomi Redmi 4X (santoni)||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum||Be sure to install recommended TWRP and Gapps at the source page.|
|Xiaomi Redmi 5A (riva)||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum||Be sure to install TrebleEnabler and Fixes given on the source page.|
|ZTE Axon 7||LineageOS 16 download||Development forum||Be sure to install the required modem, vendor image, and TWRP from the source page.|
LineageOS 16 release date
- Android Pie AOSP now available
- First official LineageOS 16 build may arrive in October 2018
- Unofficial builds available for some devices already (see table above)
- OnePlus 6
- OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T
- Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
- Xiaomi Mi A1
- More devices in the table above
With the release of Android 9 Pie, LineageOS 16 is expected to be the next big thing in the world of Android custom ROMs. Taking a look at the timeline, Android 8.0 Oreo was released back in August 2017, after the developer preview came out in March 2017. However, the updated Android 8.1 update was rolled out much later in December 2017, starting with Google Pixel and Nexus devices. In comparison, it took LineageOS 15.1, which is a forked version of Android 8.1 Oreo, around 85 days to be released.
Considering that Android Pie AOSP is now available (beginning August 6), it could be several weeks before we hear about LineageOS 16. Even then, the early versions would be restricted to a handful of devices, like the OnePlus 6, OnePlus 5 and 5T, or OnePlus 3 and 3T, the Moto G sets, etc. but definitely not devices such as the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S7, Galaxy Note 9, Note 8, HTC U12+, LG G7, etc. that are tightly controlled by their OEMs.
So a stable release should be expected around December 2018 or in early 2019, but thanks to Project Treble, we can still expect LineageOS 16 to arrive in early-to-mid Q4 2018.
Related: Android 9 Pie GSI download
You can also download the Android 9 update unofficially (like the LineageOS 16 ROM) if an Android 9 GSI system image — linked above — is compatible with your device. See the GSI device list here. Check the link above to see installation instructions.
Will my device get LineageOS 16?
- Golden rule: If your device has LOS 15.1/15.0, it will probably get LOS 16.0 too
- Samsung flagships aren’t getting much LineageOS love over past few years
- Stock UI-featuring handsets like those of Motorola, OnePlus, Nokia, etc. stand great chance to be the first devices to run LineageOS 16 ROM
- Nexus, Pixel, and LG devices should get LOS 16 too
It wouldn’t be a fair comparison to make if we considered the device list of CyanogenMod to be equal to LineageOS. At its prime, CyanogenMod supported thousands of Android devices at the least, while LineageOS has far fewer numbers. While the official list of LineageOS 16 devices is not yet out, you can expect all of the LineageOS 15.1 devices to be supported by default. The list will only keep growing as more devices and Android OEMs join the party.
Nonetheless, LineageOS 15.1 is already at an impressive total of more than 250+ devices for over 20 different Android OEMs. The list already covers popular devices from OnePlus, Google, Samsung, Sony, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei, and Motorola, among others.
Why LineageOS 16?
For most of us who are looking over to custom ROMs for software support, it’s because our Android OEM has left us high and dry. LineageOS offers a chance of survival to older devices with decent hardware to still be worth the money we put into them when we first bought them.
Even for those who have relatively new devices from the likes of Xiaomi, Huawei, and Samsung, the advent of a pure Android experience can be compelling. Since LineageOS is meant to be a lean-and-mean version of Google’s stock Android, you get a crisp user interface with none of the unnecessary fluff of the MIUI ROM, for instance.
A good example is the OnePlus One, which is still kicking after three years of being out of software support. Thanks to LineageOS 15.1, you can install Android 8.1 Oreo on the device right now. More importantly, since Android Pie AOSP is now available, LineageOS might be the only way to get the software on an Android OEM device at the earliest.
Why not LineageOS 16?
While the advantages of this custom ROM far outweigh the disadvantages, you still have to consider the repercussions. In comparison to the massive support that CyanogenMod had, LineageOS is not widely supported. Fewer devices mean fewer supporters, which affects everything from update support to software availability.
It is a relief that you can use services like Samsung KNOX and Android Pay with LineageOS since the custom ROM does not root your device by default. However, you still have to unlock the bootloader and install a custom recovery, both of which will void the warranty of your Android device.
Are you excited for the release of LineageOS 16 with Android Pie this year, or would you rather wait it out and enjoy the official stable release through your device manufacturer? Share your thoughts in the comments section down below.
Related: Android 9 Pie release dates
Project Treble compatible LineageOS 16 ROM
A Treble based LineageOS 16.0 ROM is now available.
As on August 29, the ROM is available as a test build. Which means that you can’t rely on this ROM as a daily driver, which to be fair, is the case with nearly all the Android Pie ROMs, including the Android 9 GSI ROM.
|29 Aug 2018||Treble LineageOS 16 ROM||ROM is without superuser at the moment. Can download Gapps here.|
The ROM is compatible with all the devices that support Project Treble (device list here).