One of the best customizations that rooting your Android brings is the ability to install a custom ROM. While you can make individual tweaks on your standard OS, a new ROM brings new features, themes, and even updates to devices abandoned by their manufacturers.
Certainly the most popular ROM for many years was CyanogenMod, lauded for building on stock Android with plenty of useful features. However, due to complications, the company behind the ROM shut down at the end of 2016, leaving an uncertain future for its users. Fortunately, the team behind CyanogenMod has resurrected it as LineageOS, and you can give it a try right now if you like.
Visit the LineageOS downloads page to see which devices have a supported version. As of writing, supported devices include the Nexus 6P and 5X, Samsung Galaxy S5, the OnePlus 3, and Motorola Moto X Pure. Depending on your device, the ROM will be based on either Android 6.0 Marshmallow or Android 7.0 Nougat.
Only Experimental and Nightly builds are available at the moment, meaning those looking for a stable OS should probably wait a bit. As the developers test new features, some aspects might break in these testing builds. Once they’ve produced a stable build, LineageOS will be ready for everyone.
If you’re interested in trying this but haven’t ever run through the process before, we’ve shown you how to install a custom ROM on your Android device.
Were you a CyanogenMod user disappointed by the ROM’s downfall? Let us know if you plan to give LineageOS a try down in the comments!