Ever since LineageOS decided to follow the principle of “quality over quantity”, we have been seeing less number of older devices being supported. To align themselves with this policy, LineageOS has decided to drop support for its official custom ROM for 30 devices which were about 2 or more years older.
In the last few months, we’ve been seeing stricter requirements towards releasing official builds for any device. In fact, they recently announced that the official build support could be disabled for the device if the maintainer doesn’t check in regularly. It is the result of this announcement that these devices won’t be getting any official support.
Following devices were dropped from official LineageOS support –
LineageOS 15.1 Oreo – Devices with dropped support
- Xiaomi Note 5 Pro
- Moto Z2 Play
LineageOS 14.1 Noughat – Devices with dropped support
- Google Nexus 7 2013 LTE
- HTC 10
- Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G
- LG G3 – International, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Canada, Korea
- LG G Pad 7.0 – LTE and WiFi (Both)
- LG G Pad 8.3
- LG G Pad X
- Motorola Moto G4 and G4 Play
- Motorola Moto X Pure Edition/Style 2015
- OnePlus X
- Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – International 3G
- Samsung Galaxy S5 – International 3G
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7″ – WiFi and LTE
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 LTE
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 WiFi, LTE, and GSM
- Sony Xperia L
- Xiaomi Mi Max
- Xiaomi Redmi 1S
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
The most drastic impact that this move could have is on Moto G4 as it is the 13th most used device running Lineage OS. According to these official statistics, it is actively running on 23k devices. The Redmi Note 3 is the next in line with approx. 22K active installations. Although some of these devices are bit older, I wouldn’t consider them to be so old that the official support should have been dropped.
Of course, the support could still be provided with official tagline if some kind soul takes up the challenge and starts maintaining custom ROMs for one of these devices.
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