Android 10 based LineageOS 17.1 Official now available for several devices including POCO F1

LineageOS, the fork of most popular Custom ROM of its time CyanogenMod, is popular amongst custom ROMs enthusiasts. LineageOS team recently announced LineageOS 17.1 and dropped LineageOS 17.1 build for quite a few popular devices including POCO F1. LineageOS 17.1 uses Android 10 as the base, and the team behind had been working on the project since Android 10 announcement in September 2019 but the Permission Hub feature in AOSP conflicted with the Privacy Guard feature available in LineageOS causing the unforeseen delay and making the development team release LineageOS 17.1 instead of 17.0.

Following the launch of LineageOS 17.1 which will be updated Nightly, the Lineage development team has decided to move LineageOS 16.0 to weekly builds. The Lineage team has also decided to make a switch to Lineage recovery for the installation of LineageOS. The team in a blog post said,

Lineage Recovery is now the defacto install solution for LineageOS. It will be built by default for all official devices. This was done purely to streamline the process and prevent having to coordinate releases. This is not at all to speak ill of other custom recoveries, they’re great! Several of them even contributed to Lineage Recovery in one way or another. Maintainers will, as always, be able to specify an alternative recovery on their device’s Wiki page, so long as they provide full instructions for its usage.

LineageOS 17.1 is available for quite a few devices as of now, and we can expect it for even more devices in the coming weeks. We will soon flash it on our POCO F1 and share the first impressions with our readers. You can download LineageOS for your device from here, and make sure to use Lineage Recovery and follow other installation instructions provided by the team.

LineageOS 17.1 changelogs,

  • A new partial screenshot UI was implemented that lets you hand select smaller parts of your screen and edit the screenshots. So, feel free to go give it a “shot”!
  • We know many of you have been waiting for news on themes since the CyanogenMod Theme Engine’s deprecation in CyanogenMod 13.0, and those of you in this boat are in for a treat!
    • AOSP’s new ThemePicker app was adapted to have the range of accents you’ve become used to with our old implementation, Styles.
    • We also opted to enable support for font change, icon shape (both QuickSettings and Launcher) and icon style changes (eg. changing the style of the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth icons).
  • Trebuchet has long been able to hide apps from the Launcher and protect them with a passcode/password, but now you can also use your biometric sensor to authenticate as well!
  • October, November, December 2019 and January, February, March 2020 security patches have been merged.
    • Builds are currently based on the android-10.0.0_r31 tag, which is the Pixel 4/4 XL’s tag.
  • Wi-Fi display is available once again.
  • Support for on-screen fingerprint sensors (FOD) has been added.
  • Support for pop-up and rotating cameras has been added.
  • Support for Australian English, Lithuanian, Latvian, Dutch, Romanian, Slovenian, Serbian and Turkish spell checking has been added to AOSP keyboard.
  • AOSP keyboard available emojis have been updated to Emoji 12.0.
  • WebView has been updated to Chromium 80.0.3987.132.

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Author: Arpit Porwal

Coming from the Mathematics research background, Arpit keeps an eye on MIUI and Xiaomi products and uses POCO X2 as his daily driver. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.