LineageOS 18.1 has already been released and these are its news

The LineageOS Developers (the project that CyanogenMod replaced after cyanogeno Inc's abandonment) dthey went to know recently that they already released the new version of LineageOS 18.1 (which is based on Android 11).

Version 18.1 was formed bypassing 18.0 due to the peculiarities of the tagging in the repository, in addition to the fact that the LineageOS 18 branch has reached parity in functionality and stability with branch 17, and it is recognized that it is ready to transition to form the first version.

Compared to LineageOS 17, plus Android 11 specific changes and that developers also had some difficulties due to the changes generated by the pandemic, Some improvements are proposed such as the change to the android-11.0.0_r32 branch of the AOSP repository.

Since LineageOS has developers all over the world, all of our contributors felt last year to varying degrees, but what is a community if not to be there for its members and give them something to spend all that time working on the inside? :).

Also Recorder program capabilities have been improved, which can be used as a voice recorder, to create voice memos and to record screencasts, and is that the call for the function to record screen content has been moved to the quick settings section To bring it into Android compliance, a new interface for viewing, managing and sharing voice memos was also added, plus added the ability to change sound quality settings, along with implemented buttons to pause and resume recording.

Another important change in this new version is that added Seedvault backup app which allows you to create encrypted backups It can be uploaded to an external storage based on the Nextcloud platform, to a USB drive or saved to the built-in storage. To use Seedvault, change the backup provider through Settings -> System -> Backup.

Also, we may find that for older devices without A / B partitions, an option has been added to update the recovery image along with the operating system (Configuration -> System -> (Show more) Updater -> «…» menu in the upper right corner -> "Update the recovery together with the operating system")

Eleven music player interface updated, Plus all new Android features have been carried over to music apps, including support for changing the playback position from the notification area.

Has added to the firewall the ability to block all connections from the selected application (the app will assume the device is in airplane mode).

And it is also highlighted that a new dialog has been added to change the volume, allowing you to control the volume for different streams.

Of the other changes that stand out from this new version:

  • Improved interface for creating cropped screenshots. The snapshots feature has been carried over, which appeared in Android 11.
  • The WebView browser engine is synchronized with Chromium 89.0.4389.105.
  • Added support for wireless monitors (Wi-Fi display) for new devices based on Qualcomm chips.
  • Android's regular calendar has been replaced by its own fork of the Etar scheduler.
  • All apps added support for a dark theme.
  • Recovery offers a new color interface that is easier to use.
  • Added support for selecting icon sets in the Trebuchet Launcher app launcher.

Finally, it is mentioned that the new images are ready for 70 devices Instructions for running LineageOS 18.1 on Android emulator and Android Studio environment have also been prepared, as well as added compilation capability for Android TV.

During installation, for all supported devices, a custom recovery is offered by default, which does not require a separate recovery partition.

If you want to know more about it, you can consult the details in the following link.


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