After Cyanogen shut down its operations towards the end of the year, its CyanogenMod has now resurfaced as LineageOS. The new platform is hosted on a different site, however, and this appears to be a major rebranding (at least that’s what it looks like to us) effort by the shut-down Cyanogen. A while a day, they made an announcement that the Download Portal and Wiki were live. Starting today, builds are rolling out for a number of devices including:
- Nexus 6P & 5X
- Moto G4/G4 Plus
- Netbit Robin
- Xiaomi’s Redmi 1S
If you have been an ardent fan of CyanogenMod, there’s really something new to get from the LineageOS rebrand. You can download it right away here
. In the coming days, LineageOS will very soon be available for a variety of devices. The firm has said that they will be able to cover over 80 supported devices soon. There also will be weekly builds and they won’t be offering root prebaked into ROM moving forward. However, users who want to activate super-user status will be able to do so by simply downloading a zip-based installation that’s quite similar to that of gapps.
LineageOS is also rolling out an experimental migration build allowing users to ‘upgrade’ from CM to LineageOS weekly. There’s concern that this might effectively wipe permissions (and you have to re-okay them), but all the same, retains your user data. In the case the ‘upgrade’ fails, you’d need to wipe out the data and then manually flash a fresh build. This experimental build is only temporary and just available for two months.
Now that CyanogenMod is back in the form of LineageOS, it’ll be interesting to see what they do to avoid a catastrophic failure like happened last year.