Google and Qualcomm may have partnered on an initiative that will make it easier for Android phone makers to release software and security updates for up to four years, but it’s still up to individual companies to decide whether to follow through.

Meanwhile, independent developers continue to support many phones long after they’ve been abandoned by their manufacturers by releasing custom ROMs that are often based on Android Open Source Project code… and sometimes based on GNU/Linux.

The latest cases in point? A developer has unofficially ported LineageOS 18.1 to run on the Samsung Galaxy S II, which means a smartphone that was launched in 2011 can now run the latest version of Google’s Android operating system. Meanwhile, PostmarketOS reports its Linux-for-phones software can now at least boot on the Acer CloudMobile S500, a smartphone from 2012 when Acer was actually making phones.

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  1. I wish there’d be new software for Nokia Lumia phones I have two Lumia 635s in a drawer, and i can’t bring myself to toss them out because they are such well designed phones

  2. You know what else was in that bill?
    It just became illegal to share any video that was posted on social media outside of posting links to that social media platform. Basically, every website is now forbidden from letting people repost videos taken from twitter, and archive.org has to purge basically every video file taken from any social media site.
    This is a problem because social media sites constantly delete important information about controversial events.
    Any site that allows for livestreaming now has to content ID everything that goes through it to make sure it’s not from any social media sites.
    HAPPY 2020!

  3. Brad, would you please stop talking about just 8 year old devices as “very old” ? Very old in terms of planned obscolence sounds a lot different than previous generation. Old = 1960’s. Dated maybe, but very old is not true. It’s the manufacturer that screws up, that makes devices go bad in a very very short term making them e-waste and landfill.