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Cyanogen Inc rebrands itself again as 'Cyngn,' an autonomous tech company


All the way back in 2013 (has it really been that long?), Steve Kondik and many other CyanogenMod contributors founded Cyanogen Inc. The company had two goals, to maintain the existing community-created CyanogenMod ROM, and to develop 'Cyanogen OS' for other manufacturer's devices. That business model could certainly have worked, but it didn't take long for the company to make costly mistakes.
The first mistake was when Cyanogen ended its partnership with OnePlus, the only manufacturer it was working with at the time. The company's CEO, Kirt McMaster, continued to soil the company's reputation and success. He famously said that Cyanogen "is putting a bullet through Google's head" by working with BLU to make an Android phone without Google services (which never materialized). Meanwhile, the company continued to develop Cyanogen OS for various OEMs, but they were mostly limited to India.
In July of 2016, Cyanogen Inc was rumored to be undergoing major layoffs while shifting its focus to app development. That was later denied, but the company finally unraveled a few months later. Kirt McMaster resigned as CEO in October, its Seattle offices closed in November, and builds of CyanogenOS ceased in December. Cyanogen Inc essentially closed up shop, at least in the public eye.
The company quietly re-emerged as 'Andrasta', which was accidentally confirmed by a tweet from McMaster in February. At some point between then and last month, the company became 'Cyngn,' which claims to be working on autonomous machines. The new CEO is Lior Tal, who was COO at Cyanogen Inc until McMaster left.
Recode reports that Cyngn received a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California last month, and that the company is working towards automating loaders, excavators, and other construction vehicles. In case you were wondering, Android doesn't seem to be part of the equation; job listings reveal that the company will use ROS instead. A document obtained by Recode also says that Cyngn is looking to raise another $200 million in a Series D round, and the company is even open to being purchased.
So there you have it - the company founded to develop an Android ROM for phone manufacturers is now trying to create automated construction machines. At least as far as involvement in the Android community goes, the story of Cyanogen/Andastra/Cyngn is now over.
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CyanogenMod Theme Engine is gone for good, LineageOS removes supporting code



During CyanogenMod's heyday, one of the ROM's biggest features was the Theme Engine. You could download any number of themes from the Play Store to change up the entire system's look. However, the feature didn't make an appearance in CyanogenMod 14 (based on Android 7.0 Nougat), and there hasn't been much talk of working on it since the project reorganized into LineageOS.
Now it seems like the Theme Engine is gone for good. A recent commit on the LineageOS 15 (based on Android 8.0) branch reveals that the remaining code for system themes is being completely removed. The comments make it obvious that the engine isn't coming back, as one developer says, "This is just removing the obvious stuff. I'm sure there are more dangling bits and pieces but I'm not sure how easy they'll be to find."
It makes sense that Lineage would drop the Theme Engine. Not only did it require tweaking with every Android release to ensure compatibility, but Android 8.0 Oreo includes its own alternative called Overlay Manager Service. Substratum uses this to achieve root-less themeing on stock Android 8.0 Oreo, and presumably it will work fine on LineageOS 15.
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LineageOS releases changelog for the past few weeks, including KRACK fixes and several status bar/quick settings additions


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From time to time, the team at LineageOS will post changelogs of changes/fixes that have been implemented since the last changelog was published. It's been quite a while since the last one on September 23rd, and this new one contains some noteworthy information. Following every change Lineage makes isn't the easiest thing in the world, and this helps consolidate everything.

Without further ado, here's everything mentioned:
Major changes since September 23rd

  • Recorder app has gotten a major redesign, it’s now better thanks to the feedback provided in the Summer Survey.
    • If you are interested in reading more about the design changes, our very own jrizzoli wrote a Medium post on the thought process
  • A LiveDisplay tile has been added
  • KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability has been fixed in both LineageOS 14.1 and 13.0
  • October security patches have been merged for both LineageOS 14.1 and 13.0
  • November security patches have been merged for LineageOS 14.1 and 13.0
  • Bypassing the lockscreen by switching to a lockscreen-less profile from quick settings has been blocked (BUGBASH-1095)
  • The updater, among other minor improvements, now supports device unifications: when a device gets build merged with another one, the user will directly receive updates without requiring the user to manually flash the new build.
  • Added support for extended length NFC (needs to be enabled per-device, if supported)
  • Two new touchscreen gesture options have been added for lowering and raising the media volume
  • Battery icon has been improved; the percentage will be shown in battery saver mode when the “show percentage” option is set. The exclamation mark in the battery has also been given more contrast so it’s easier on the eyes
  • The Calendar app now shows week start and end in the title when in week view, instead of showing the month and year
  • Gallery has received some stability improvements
  • Making emergency calls without a sim card is now possible, in regions that allow it
  • Issues with the “Install” button being greyed out when installing APKs should now be fixed (REGRESSION-1262)
Oreo Update

Up to now, news on Oreo-based LineageOS 15.0 has been almost non-existent, but we’re in a position now where we can document some of our progress here.
As many of you have seen (and we’re sure some of you are running them right now), a number of unofficial LineageOS 15.0 builds exist, some of which are built by our very own maintainers. These are in no way representative of a final product, but definitely let you all experience some of the features Android 8.0 has to offer.
Once that the basic framework has been put in place and devices are successfully booting LineageOS 15.0, some features are being brought forward, most of which are dependent on what was previously known as the CMSDK. A large focus while doing this has been to evaluate the need to carry-forward or otherwise clean up the leftovers from our inception last year.
However now that Android 8.1 has been released, we’re anticipating moving straight to the 15.1 branch where we’ll merge all our work done for 15.0 and finish the porting effort.
Like always, we won’t be giving any indication as to when we might be close to a releasable product, but keep waiting patiently, and as we reach big milestones, we’ll be giving you some more status updates.
Infrastructure

Our status page has been updated and now it automatically detects whether a service is down without requiring any manual input as it did previously.
We have added a new language Kabyle to our translation system . Feel free to subscribe to this or other languages to improve or complete the translation progress!
Build roster

We have enforced stricter quality terms for our builds: maintainers now have limited time frames to fix important issues that have been assigned to them on Jira before their device gets pulled down from the build roster. Those devices will be added back once the issues listed in the removal commit have been addressed.
Added 14.1 devices
Changes to 14.1 devices
Removed 14.1 devices
Removed 13.0 devices


There are quite a few changes here, including obvious ones like updated security patches and KRACK fixes, but there are also some smaller, more minute ones. For instance, did you know that you can now make an emergency call without a SIM inserted, provided you live in a region that allows it? Have a read through the full list, which also includes newly-supported and removed devices.
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CyanogenMod was the most popular custom ROM for years, with many other major ROMs being based on CM. However, the project came to an abrupt end last year, when Cyanogen Inc shut down (it reorganized into an autonomous tech company earlier this year). Most of the CyanogenMod community, which never received much support from Cyanogen Inc in the first place, reorganized under the 'Lineage' name.
Yesterday (December 24) marks exactly one year since the formation of Lineage. The project published a blog post announcing its birthday, with some interesting statistics thrown in. Lineage now supports over 180 devices, with 1.7 million unique device check-ins over the past 90 days. Over 700 people have contributed to the project, with 65% of those being translators.
The top five devices are the OnePlus One, Samsung Galaxy S3, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Motorola Moto G4/G4 Plus (they use the same builds), and the Samsung Galaxy S5. The top five countries using LineageOS are India, China, Brazil, Russia, and Germany.
I have to congratulate the Lineage project for not only continuing the efforts of CyanogenMod, but also continuing to add support for more and more devices. Here's hoping the next year is even better.
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[Update: LineageOS version also live] Android x86 7.1 R1 now available, brings Nougat to your PC



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It has been a very long time since we last covered Android x86, but the project is still alive and kicking. If you're not familiar with it, Android x86 is a port of Android to x86-based PCs and Macs, with almost no changes to the interface (for better or for worse). The first stable port of Android 7.1 has just been released, so you can enjoy Nougat on your PC or virtual machine of choice.
There have been two previous release candidates for Android x86 7.1, one in June 2017, and the other in October. Now the project believes 7.1 is stable enough for most people to use on their computers, and there have been some changes since the last release candidate. Here's the full changelog:
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  • Android-x86 installer was improved a lot including:
    • Create EFI boot entry to efibootmgr.
    • Add auto-installation function which is useful to install Android-x86 as the only one OS.
    • Provide more information on disk and partition selection menu.
    • Add advanced options to provide more boot options.
    • Save the last choice in grub2 menu.
  • Update kernel to the LTS kernel 4.9.80 with more patches from AOSP.
  • Add a new HAL for iio type sensors.
  • Show poweroff menu by ctrl-alt-del.
  • Fix a lot of bugs.


I fired it up in VirtualBox, and once the VM's mouse integration was disabled, it worked pretty well. The developers even included Taskbar as a launcher option, so you can easily take advantage of Nougat's multi-window capabilities. The Play Store works perfectly as well. Unfortunately, there's still not an easy way to disable the on-screen navigation bar.
You can download Android x86 for both 32-bit and 64-bit PCs at the source link below.
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The first stable version of 'Android x86 CM 14.1' is also now available from the project. Unlike the above release, which is based on AOSP (stock) Android, this version is based on LineageOS 14.1. More information (and download links) is available here.
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[Update: Now available] LineageOS 15.1 Oreo arrives on the OnePlus 2, Pixel C, and Nexus 6; two more devices get 14.1






After much anticipation, LineageOS 15.1 (based on Android 8.1) was announced last month. Only a handful of devices had official 15.1 builds at the start, but over time, more have been moved up to Oreo. The Nexus Player, OnePlus One, and Oppo Find 7 were recently added to the roster - and now three more devices are coming.
According to recent commits to the build server, three more devices have been updated to LineageOS 15.1. First is the OnePlus 2 (oneplus2), which already has the first build available. The Google Pixel C (dragon) and Nexus 6 (shamu) have been updated as well, but no builds are available yet.
In addition to the new Oreo targets, two other devices are now supported by LineageOS 14.1. These include the Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (a5y17lte) and A7 2017 (a7y17lte). Builds aren't available quite yet, but they should show up soon.

LineageOS 15.1 builds for the Pixel C (dragon), Nexus 6 (shamu), and OnePlus 2 (oneplus2) are now available to download.

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LineageOS 15.1 Oreo arrives on Nexus 4, Exynos Galaxy S9/S9+, and more



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LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM by far, and the project continues to update more devices to version 15.1 (based on Android 8.1 Oreo). Last time we covered LineageOS, the OnePlus 2, Pixel C, and Nexus 6 received Oreo. Since then, several more devices have been updated, including Google's flagship phone from 2012.
The Le Max 2 (x2), Motorola Moto Z (griffin), and Xiaomi Mi Note 2 (scorpio) already have 15.1 nighties available. The Xiaomi Mi 6 (sagit), along with the unlocked Exynos versions of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ (starlte and star2lte) will have builds available soon. The Galaxy S8/S8+ never received official support from LineageOS, so the availability of 15.1 builds is a big deal.
Finally, the Nexus 4 (mako) will have 15.1 nighties available soon. That's right - Google's 2012 flagship that came with Android 4.2 can now run Android 8.1 Oreo. That's nothing short of impressive.
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LineageOS 15.1 Oreo now available for the HTC One M9 and Redmi Note 4


The most popular custom ROM available, LineageOS, keeps on getting better and better. Since we last covered the project, two more devices are now supported, and a number of great features have been added. The project recently posted a new changelog, highlighting recent improvements and device changes:
Major changes since April 1st

  • It’s now possible to restrict WiFi and / or mobile data usage for each app
  • LiveDisplay has been rewritten as a binderized HAL
  • Dialer can now enable Do Not Disturb during calls to avoid notification sounds while you're in a call
  • Reader mode can now tweak your display to make documents and long texts easier to read
  • Trebuchet now has smarter apps suggestions in the drawer. These will change during the day and whenever you plug in the headphones
  • Trebuchet can also put legacy app icons into an adaptive icon box
  • Jelly has a new “reach mode” that moves the top url / search bar to the bottom for easier reachability
  • Updater has been updated for better reliability and it now supports dark mode through the Styles API
  • May security patches have been merged in 15.1
  • April and May security patches have been merged in 14.1
  • Chromium webview has been updated to version 66.0.3359.139 (both 14.1 and 15.1)
  • Keyboard now recognizes incognito text fields and it won’t learn for suggestions when typing in one of them
  • FlipFlap now ignores low priority notifications (both 14.1 and 15.1)
  • Legacy prebuilt camera HAL 1 support has been readded
  • SSH support has been readded
Infrastructure

CVE Tracker

The LineageOS CVE Tracker has been made private for contributors only because of the unreliability of the provided data. We’re working on a remedy but until it’s ready non-contributors won’t be able to see the status of the devices.
Code of conduct

Project Directors have unanimously adopted a Code of Conduct for all project contributors (Directors included) to measure against. The CoC can be found in the Charter project repository. We feel that this is an integral part of keeping this project a fun and safe place to work and collaborate. This also provides a mechanism, to address specific concerns and bad actors, and nip issues in the bud before they poison the overall experience. It’s important to note that we don’t intend to police contributors’ ability to have fun or joke around - however, we should all be conscious that what one finds funny can be hurtful or harmful to another. As we continue to grow and bring in new faces, this should help define what it means to work with professionalism for folks new and old.
Privacy policy update

Our privacy policy was updated to include information on how Gerrit discloses certain personal information. This change goes into effect immediately.


Only two new 15.1 devices have been added since our last post - the HTC One M9 (hiae) and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (mido). Support for the Xiaomi Mi A1 is under development, but nighties have been halted because the A/B partition scheme isn't working yet.
Additionally, 14.1 builds for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have been discontinued because the "source trees were forked under an incompatible license." You can find Lineage's original post at the source link below.
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LineageOS 15.1 (Android 8.1 Oreo) now available for OnePlus One, OPPO Find 7a/7s, and Galaxy S5 Plus/LTE-A





When the OnePlus One debuted back in 2014, it was sold as an enthusiast phone with insane bang for the buck. Fast forward four years, and Android 8.1 Oreo in the form of LineageOS 15.1 has just been released for it. The OPPO Find 7a and Find 7s and Galaxy S5 Plus/LTE-A are getting 15.1 as well, and the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G has returned with LOS 14.1.

Here are all of the links you'll need:
The OnePlus One may no longer be officially supported by OnePlus, but it's now receiving Android 8.1 Oreo via LineageOS 15.1. Its sister phones, the OPPO Find 7a and Find 7s, have had their builds unified, and are also getting LOS 15.1 right now. The Galaxy S5 Plus/LTE-A (an S5 with a Snapdragon 805 and 3GB of RAM) rounds out the list for 15.1 receivers. Lastly, the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 has "returned from the dead" with a LineageOS 14.1 build.
You can download these latest versions via the links above, or if you've already got LineageOS on your phone, you can download through settings.
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LineageOS 15.1 now available for Moto Z2 Force, Xperia XA2, and more




LineageOS 15.1, based on Android 8.1 Oreo, is slowly rolling out to more devices. Last month, Oreo builds for the OnePlus One, Galaxy S5 Plus, and other devices became available. Since then, more phones have been added to the LineageOS 15.1 build roster, including Motorola's 2017 flagship and the Sony Xperia XA2.
Before we get to the new devices, builds have stopped for two targets. LineageOS 15.1 is no longer available for the HTC One A9 (hiae), due to issues with calling. In addition, LineageOS 14.1 builds have ceased for the Galaxy S4 Mini lineup (serrano3gxx, serranodsdd, and serranoltexx) because the maintainer has ended development.
Without further ado, here are the new LineageOS 15.1 devices:
Builds aren't available yet for some of the above phones, but they should show up within the next few days.
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LineageOS Adds Support For Xperia XA2, Mi A1, And More


A number of smartphones from device makers OPPO, ASUS, Samsung, Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Sony now support LineageOS 15.1. Among the devices that gained support for the open-source OS are the OPPO R5, R5s, R7, and R7s, as well as the Zenfone 2 Laser and the Zenfone 2 Selfie from ASUS. Also getting support for the updated version of the software are the Samsung Galaxy S5, Xiaomi Mi A1, Sony Xperia XA2, and the Lenovo P2.

LineageOS 15.1 is based on Android 8.1 Oreo, meaning users of devices running this version of the popular OS can take advantage of stock Android features like picture-in-picture mode, notification channels, and improved autofill functionality. In addition, LineageOS also incorporates plenty of features that are specific to the custom ROM, including the Privacy Guard functionality, Live Display, and gestures. Privacy Guard allows users to check the permissions requested by apps, while the Live Display feature automatically changes the theme of the operating system depending on the time of the day. The latter can be easily controlled by the user through Quick Settings tile. On the other hand, the touchscreen gestures allow the user to control the device even if the screen is turned off by assigning an action to a specific gesture. However, the types of actions and gestures supported by the software ultimately depend on the smartphone’s hardware. Moreover, LineageOS also includes its own set of stock applications like Jelly, which is a Chromium-based browser, and the Eleven Music Player.
The official website of LineageOS provides detailed instructions on how users can install the custom ROM on their devices. The installation commonly involves three key steps: unlocking the bootloader, installing a custom recovery, and then installing the custom ROM from that very same recovery. In addition, users may also have to flash the recommended GApps package in case they want to use the applications developed by Google. The team behind LineageOS is continuously working so that more devices support the newer versions of the custom ROM. Just last month, the OnePlus One, Oppo Find 7 and Find 7A, and several variants of the Galaxy S5 Plus gained support for LineageOS 15.1.
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LineageOS announces new leadership, a custom recovery, and support for more devices



The last time we covered LineageOS, the most popular custom Android ROM, it started supporting a handful of new devices with Android 8.1 builds. The project published Changelog 19 yesterday, which goes over some recent changes to the ROM and the community supporting it. There are some leadership changes, more newly-supported devices, and a new custom recovery.

New features
Let's start with the recent general changes to LineageOS. There's a new 'Trust' interface in the Settings app, which includes all of the ROM's privacy and security features in one place (including Privacy Guard).
The data toggle in quick settings now shows data usage, much like it did in Android Nougat. Smaller improvements include customizable signal icons/carrier text, an optional black UI style, and an improved updater.

Lineage Recovery

Perhaps the most surprising announcement is that LineageOS is now developing its own custom recovery, like TWRP. Here's how it is described in the Changelog post:

A/B devices have the recovery image built in into the boot image (as those old Sony Xperia devices for those of you who remember). This means that there’s no recovery partition and recovery will have to be included at build time into the OS.
So we created the Lineage Recovery: our brand new recovery that supports both A/B and non A/B devices. It’s based upon AOSP recovery but with many improvements needed for the world of custom ROMs. It’s simple, light and secure: in Lineage Recovery, SELinux is in enforcing mode, limiting each process’ capabilities.
It's interesting to see the Lineage project develop its own custom recovery, especially since TWRP has been the only viable option for years now. This will hopefully allow LineageOS to better support A/B partition devices in the future. If you have an A/B partition device (full list here), you should definitely read the full post at the source link below, as there are new steps for installing mods like GApps.
New leadership

On an unrelated note, one of the nine Lineage project directors is stepping down. Abhisek Devkota, better known as 'ciwrl,' has worked on CyanogenMod/Lineage for roughly nine years now. Kevin Haggerty, known as 'haggertk' on XDA, has been voted in to take his place.


New devices

Finally, we come to the new devices. Since our last LineageOS post, a ton of Galaxy S5 variants have been updated from 14.1 to 15.1. That includes klte, kltechn, kltechnduo, klteduos, kltedv, kltekdi, and kltekor. The Galaxy S5 Active (klteactivexx) is being supported for the first time.


Finally, the Lenovo P2 (kuntao) has been updated to LineageOS 15.1.
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LineageOS 15.1 now available for the 2016 Pixel and Pixel XL


The Nexus devices of old were some of the best phones when it came to custom ROMs, and while the Pixels are still popular options for software mods, CyanogenMod/LineageOS has never offered official builds. I'm not sure the exact reason why, but I assume it had something to do with the A/B partitioning scheme, or perhaps there was not a maintainer available to work on it.
Regardless of why it wasn't available before, official LineageOS 15.1 (Android 8.1) builds are now live for the 2016 Google Pixel (sailfish) and Pixel XL (marlin). The new Lineage Recovery is being developed primarily for A/B devices like the Pixels, but it doesn't appear to be required - the official flashing instructions still say to use TWRP.
It's great to see LineageOS finally arrive on the original Pixels, especially since Android P will likely be the last major software update for both models. Hopefully the 2017 Pixels are next.
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LineageOS 15.1 Oreo is moving to nightly builds, 14.1 Nougat will switch to monthly releases


Many moons ago, CyanogenMod offered daily builds for supported devices, so you could get the latest and greatest code on your phone instantly. The LineageOS custom ROM has so far stuck to weekly builds, mostly to conserve server space and processing power. According to a GitHub commit, the project has now reversed this decision, and some devices are now receiving nightly releases.
Before now, all officially-supported phones and tablets received new builds once a week. With this change, all devices on LineageOS 15.1 (based on Android 8.1 Oreo) now get new versions every day. The unfortunate side effect is that all phones and tablets still on LineageOS 14.1 (based on Android 7.1 Nougat) now only receive builds once a month. Keep in mind that there are still no separate 'stable' releases, since Lineage aims to only push new features mainstream once they are ready.
This is great news for anyone using the LineageOS ROM, and it's a sign that the project has been able to obtain more resources. In fact, the note on the commit says, "Hopefully the microverse of gnomes we've created can keep up."
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