There’s shedloads of quiet work that go into retaining a customized Android construct alive. It is the galactic, ethereal hum that makes this vibrant area with gamers akin to Paranoid Android or the descendant of the OG Cyanogenmod, LineageOS. On the final day of 2022, the Lineage devteam is out with a furiously bold model bump, giving its tackle Android 13 with LineageOS 20.

In a verbose changelog of a weblog publish, Lineage units out some main adjustments moreover only a quantity change. For one, it is altering the best way it adjustments numbers by dropping level updates — you will not see a 20.1, it is simply 20 all the best way, child. This goes all the best way all the way down to the developer stage with repositories going underneath “lineage-20” and never “lineage-20.0.”


And as a substitute of ready till April for the annual replace, we additionally get a particularly quick port this time round because of a smaller payload of edits between Android 12 and 13. This improve relies on QPR1.​ ​


The most important addition to Lineage is Aperture, the ROM’s new digicam app constructed upon Google’s CameraX library. It follows a whole lot of the inventory playbook, however is its personal product and a giant step up from the modified Camera2 app it has been utilizing prior. It does have a local QR code reader. For audio, the Recorder app has gotten a Materials You redesign and the .WAV report mode has been upgraded to stereo.

This replace will float a ton of boats, so to say, as safety patches from April to December of this 12 months have been merged into LineageOS 20 and will be fed to gadgets working on variations way back to 17.1.

As of now, LineageOS 20 helps 20 gadgets together with the Fairphone 4, the Pixel 4, 4 XL, 4a, 5, and 5a, plus a ton of Motorola and OnePlus gadgets. Builders trying to get new gadgets on the board could possibly reap the benefits of board-specific widespread kernels for a head begin — these boards embody the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 845, 855, 865, and 888. In case you have a Snapdragon 820 machine , you will get a LineageOS 18.1 kernel.

Full particulars and set up directions can be found, as ever, on Lineage’s web site.