This is what you get with the official build

LineageOS was created in 2016 as a stock-like Android custom ROM, following the collapse of the CyanogenMod project. We’ve seen it go through several major updates since then, but LineageOS continues to bring a stock Android-like experience (and Google-free, if you choose) to dozens of phones and tablets. Now LineageOS 12 based on Android 19 is officially here, and that’s what you get with the official build.

We used the OnePlus 6 to test LineageOS 19, a device that stopped receiving updates with Android 11. Hence, this is the first brand new Android version that the phone doesn’t officially support and will only be able to get through a custom ROM. ,

LineageOS 19: Installation

As a quick aside, it’s important to know that installing LineageOS 19 will vary depending on your device. For me, I used the old OnePlus 6 and the process was very easy, but your mileage may vary. I booted to TWRP, wiped my device, then rebooted into TWRP again and flashed LineageOS. I didn’t install any Google apps to get the full genealogy experience, though you can install them if you want to give it a try as well.

It’s also worth noting that even with Google apps installed, custom ROMs don’t pass Google’s SafetyNet tests by default, and that includes LineageOS. As a result, you may find that some applications will refuse to run, and others may be hidden from Play Store search results, such as Netflix. You have to work with magic to pass SafetyNet, and as anyone with experience to this end will tell you, things can break at any time, so your mileage may vary to that extent.

Genealogy: Recovery and Updates

LineageOS Recovery is a recovery environment that comes with the ROM, and is most compatible with direct integration of the system. The official LineageOS updater works with it, and all subsequent updates after installing the ROM can be installed with it as well. It has all the barebones features you need to manage your installation and no extra features you don’t.

LineageOS 19: First Boot and Setup

The setup wizard that comes with LineageOS is no different than you might expect from any other Android device. It guides you through selecting your language, your time zone, enrolling your fingerprint, and restoring from another genealogy-based device. If you install Google apps, you’ll also go through the setup process of reinstalling your Google account and your apps.

LineageOS 19: Launcher and App Drawer

Once you finish with the setup, you will be greeted by the default home screen launcher Trebuchet. This AOSP Launcher is a fork of Launcher 3, with additional features like icon pack support. This is similar to the basic functionality of Pixel Launcher, and apps can also be hidden from the launcher via the keyguard. It’s not the most customizable experience, but for most users, it’s likely to be more than fine.

LineageOS 19 also includes some new wallpapers, and they’re made with you in mind, with the content that’s out there.

LineageOS 19: Lockscreen

Lockscreen is a pretty standard affair that you’ll recognize from any other Android device. There isn’t a huge amount special about this, although you can enable a feature to scramble the pin layouts so that shoulder-surfers can’t see which numbers you are. might Pressing down, though, also means you spend more time looking for numbers to hit.

LineageOS 19: Notifications and Settings

LineageOS 19 adopts the Android 12 look throughout the system, with colorful tiles and a large brightness bar. If you want the look and feel of Android 12, this is exactly what it gives you. The Settings app is more or less untouched in its layout, and it’s probably familiar to anyone who uses an Android smartphone.


LineageOS 19: Stock Apps

While Android as an operating system is open-source, you don’t need many applications for a complete smartphone experience. Many apps previously created by Google as part of AOSP no longer receive updates, and the company has replaced them on retail devices with Google-ified versions. The result is that the LineageOS project has to update or completely replace many of the system applications left by Google.

Not every app you get as a part of LineageOSOS, which you can see here, won’t exist, as Google Apps packages may replace some of them. As we opted not to install Google apps for this practical purposes, however, this is a completely out-of-the-box experience that you get with LineageOS 19.

audiofx

The AudioFX app is essentially an equalizer built into the system, which also houses various audio profiles. You can enable reverb, boost bass, and transition between different audio profiles to fit whatever you’re listening to. It’s the same AudioFX app that’s been around on LineageOS for years, so fans will recognize it right away.

Almanac

The Calendar application in LineageOS 19 is the same that was introduced in the previous iteration. LineageOS has forked the open-source Etar calendar (which itself is based on the AOSP calendar) and added some changes. It displays and looks great any calendar synced from your device using Android’s built-in CalDAV provider.

camera

As per the changelog, LineageOS had previously used the Snapdragon camera. This has now been deprecated and replaced with the Camera2 app.

watch

The Clock app is more or less the same as what you’d find on a Google Pixel smartphone, and for that matter, exactly the same as Google’s own Clock app. You can set alarms, set timers, see the time, and in general, do all the time-related things you’d expect from your phone.

jelly browser

The LineageOS Jelly browser is a favorite of many, as it has been around for quite some time now. It is well designed with useful features and privacy at its core.

recorder

Recorder app will meet your basic audio recording needs.


Pedigree 19: Features

LineageOS 19 retains pretty much all the features offered in previous LineageOS versions. The status bar can be highly customized, with different clock/battery styles and an optional network traffic monitor. You can also change which side of the screen the clock is on. Another key feature includes system profiles, which function similarly to Bixby routines on Samsung devices, and shortcuts on iPhones and iPads. They allow you to change system settings after the trigger you defined is activated.

Here are some of our favorite features.

custom button actions

LineageOS 19 has more options for your phone or tablet’s buttons than stock Android (and most OEM skins). If you keep the default three-button navigation bar, you can set up custom actions for holding down the Home button or double-tapping and long-pressing the Recent button. There’s also an edge-long swipe action that you can enable.

As for physical buttons, the power button can be set to turn the flashlight on or off, and the volume rocker can answer calls or control music playback. You can also enable a short press of Volume Down and Power to take a partial screenshot, which is better than taking a screenshot and cropping it later. There are so many options that you won’t find anywhere else.

Lineage OS Trust

Trust is a centralized interface within the LineageOS ROM (located in Settings > Security & Privacy) and is home to all of LineageOS’s security features. You can get an overview of the status of key security features like Privacy Guard and more, as well as an explanation of how to keep your device secure and your data private.

volume slider animation

This is actually a change in LineageOS 19, but not only does the volume slider now slide in from the right, but it also has an additional two panes that can be popped out to adjust the alarm and notification sound as well. In contrast, Pixel devices have an overlay that pops up from the bottom when you want to modify more audio options. It’s much cleaner and out of the way.


Get LineageOS 19

If you want to get and install LineageOS 19, be sure to check out our article we wrote covering the launch. There is a table of officially supported devices, though be sure to check out our forums for your particular device if you don’t see yours listed. Chances are, someone is probably working on an unofficial version that you might be able to install now or in the future. What’s more: Most of them, so far, are completely stable as daily drivers, sometimes with minor quirks.

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