Shortly after announcing that it was getting out of the smartphone operating system game, Cyanogen Inc pulled the plug on some of the key resources used by the developers of the open-source, community-based CyanogenMod operating system.
As promised, those CyanogenMod developers are continuing to work on their popular custom version of Android. But it has a new name: LineageOS.
While official builds of LineageOS aren’t ready for download yet, the team has a code review system ad github code page in place, and the team is working on getting together the tools necessary to develop a popular, widely-used operating system.
Unofficial builds of LineageOS are also starting to pop up.
The developers note that those unofficial builds may not have been extensively tested, so you should proceed with caution. But since this is an open source project, anyone with the necessary skills can download and compile the source code to run on a wide range of phones, tablets, or other devices.
One of the first unofficial builds I’ aware of is a version of LineageOS for the LeEco Le2 smartphone, compiled by xda-develoer forum member codewrkx.
Since this is an early, unofficial build, it should come as no surprise that some features don’t work. One big one? Audio only works when making phone calls, at least in the initial release.
Still, it’s nifty to see how quickly developers are making the transition from CyanogenMod to LineageOS.
Update: Unofficial builds have started rolling out for a bunch of phones, and code commits give us a first look at the new logo for LineageOS, shown above.