LineageOS 20, based on Android 13 QPR1, arrives stupid fast
There’s a lot of quiet work that goes into keeping custom Android builds alive. It’s the ethereal galactic buzz that makes this space come alive with players like Paranoid Android Or the OG Cyanogenmod’s descendant, LineageOS. On the last day of 2022, the Lineage devteam came out with a very ambitious build, giving the impression of Android 13 along with LineageOS 20.
In a lengthy change of blog postLineage outlines some major changes besides just changing a number. First, it changes the way it shifts numbers by dropping point updates — you won’t see 20.1, it’s only 20 all the way through, baby. This goes to the developer level with repositories under “Lineage-20” and not “lineage-20.0”.
And instead of waiting until April for the annual update, we’re also getting a very fast port this time thanks to a smaller payload of tweaks between Android 12 and 13. This upgrade is based on QPR1.
The biggest addition to Lineage is Aperture, the new ROM-based camera app built on Google X camera Library. It follows a lot of the playbook, but it’s its own product and a big step up from the modified Camera2 app it was previously using. It has a native QR code reader. For audio, the recorder app has got a Material redesign and the WAV recording mode has been upgraded to stereo.
This update will throw a lot of boats, for example, as security patches from April to December of this year were integrated into LineageOS 20 and could be fed to devices running on versions as far back as 17.1.
As of now, LineageOS 20 supports 20 devices including the Fairphone 4, Pixel 4, 4 XL, 4a, 5, and 5a, as well as a slew of Motorola and OnePlus devices. Developers looking to get new hardware on board may be able to take advantage of the board’s own common core for a head start — these include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 845, 855, 865, and 888. If you have a Snapdragon 820 device, you can get a core LineageOS 18.1.
Full details and installation instructions are available, as ever, on Lineage’s website.
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