There’s a lot of quiet work that goes into keeping a custom Android build alive. It’s that galactic, celestial hum that makes this place come alive with players like Paranoid Android or the OG CyanogenMod, the descendant of LineageOS. On the final day of 2022, the Lineage devteam has come out with a furiously ambitious version bump, taking its toll on Android 13 with LineageOS 20.
In the verbose changelog of a blog post, Lineage makes some major changes in addition to just a number change. For one, it’s changing the way the numbers are displayed by the dropping point update — you won’t see 20.1, it’s just 20, baby. It goes down to the developer level with the repositories going under “lineage-20” and not “lineage-20.0”.
And instead of waiting until April for the annual update, we also get an extremely speedy port this time, thanks to a small payload of edits between Android 12 and 13. This upgrade is based on the QPR1. ,
The biggest addition to the lineage is Aperture, the ROM’s new camera app built on Google’s CameraX library. It follows a lot of the stock playbook, but is its own product and a big step up from the revamped Camera 2 app that’s used it before. It has a basic QR code reader. For audio, the Recorder app has received a content-only redesign and the .WAV record mode has been upgraded to stereo.
This update will float a ton of boats, so to say, as the security patches from April to December of this year have been merged into LineageOS 20 and can be fed to devices running versions up to 17.1.
As of now, LineageOS 20 supports 20 devices including the Fairphone 4, Pixel 4, 4 XL, 4a, 5, and 5a, plus a ton of Motorola and OnePlus devices. Developers looking to get new devices on board may be able to take advantage of board-specific generic kernels for starters – these boards include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 845, 855, 865, and 888. If you have a Snapdragon 820 device, you can get a LineageOS 18.1 kernel.
Full details and installation instructions are available, as always, on the Lineage website.