CyanogenMod to get replaced with Lineage OS official builds coming this weekend

We had recently reported that the CyanogenMod (CM) team had shut down all its Cyanogen services and CM — Android’s most popular ROM- development projects effective from January 1, 2017. However, in order to carry forward CyanogenMod development in the new model, a team of developers working on the CyanogenMod formed the next open-source project, known as the Lineage OS.

The very first build of Lineage OS, as the unofficial release has already garnered more than 50,000 downloads. Now apparently, Lineage OS – the harder, better, faster, stronger version of CyanogenMod (CM) – will be ready for download this weekend. The team is ready to release official builds on multiple handsets, offer weekly updates and support more than 80 devices with both Nougat and Marshmallow builds.

The Lineage team has also added a download portal, wiki and install stats pages to its website. The full list of compatible devices will be made available over the coming week on the Lineage blog. A new release candidate will be let loose every week, with signed private keys for authentication and signature permission control. This will not break, prevent or stop any ‘unofficial’ builds. Root will not be baked in to the ROM but can be enabled separately with an optional flashable zip that you will only need to flash it once for those who want to root. If you are compiling the ROM yourself, you can use a switch to include root. Once rooted, you shouldn’t need to do it again.

The Lineage OS community is completely aware of the pain of switching ROMs and losing your app data and settings. To help alleviate this problem, LineageOS will offer experimental data migration builds for CyanogenMod users along with weekly release candidates for the next two months. These builds will allow you to flash your device on top of existing CM 13 or CM 14.1 installations, keeping all user data intact. Once you are running the data migration build, you can easily make a switch to normal weekly-updated Lineage OS builds.

For more details and update, keep watching the LineageOS downloads page for builds this weekend.