LineageOS, First Impressions: So The ROM Collecting Witness from CyanogenMod

The death of CyanogenMod left many of the custom ROMs a bit baffled, even lost lovers. Be without your favorite ROM, that offered a great performance and a great deal of customization It was a hard blow. But until CM closed doors appeared a new creature that would continue with his legacy, LineageOS.

The appearance of this ROM was a new light of hope for those users who still lamenting the disappearance of CyanogenMod. On this occasion I have installed LineageOS on my 3 OnePlus, so in this post I will describe How is this ROM inside and I’ll tell you how my experience with it has been.

How to install LineageOS

First of all, you should keep in mind that your device should be ready to install a custom ROM, i.e., It must be rooted, with the bootloader unlocked (if it is not thus factory) and with a recovery custom installed. In my case, I have installed LineageOS on the recovery TWRP.

The first thing is to download necessary, the LineageOS ROM on your device, the GApps and root Depending on the type of processor you have. As for the GApps, I downloaded the nano, because I don’t need each and every one of Google’s services, and the file is lighter.

To download the ROM, you can choose between ‘nightly’ and ‘experimental’. The ‘experimental’ you should only install it if you were cyanogenmod, otherwise, the ROM that you have to download is the ‘nightly’, that is I flashed to come ROM OnePlus (Android Nougat with OxygenOS 4.0) stock.

Once you have unlocked bootloader, root and installed recovery access, it is time to do cleaning of Dalvík/ART Cache, system, data and Cache to Flash the ROM with their GApps.

After downloading the necessary files, connects the phone to the computer (remember to have USB debugging enabled) and copies the files to the terminal. It is better put them all in the internal storage to avoid having to navigate through the folders in the recovery.

That said, it is time to go to the recovery and select the ‘Cleaning’ section, select ‘Cleaning Advanced’ button and select paragraphs Dalvik/ART Cache, system, data and Cache. After this you slide at the bottom and, once finished, hit the ‘Home’ button to return to the initial menu. The process of cleaning (or ‘wipes’) not takes more than one minute.

Click on install and select the three files. In my case I have selected them in the following order: ROM-> GApps > superuser. First you select one, then hit the button Add zip, select the following, return to the Add zip button and choose the latter. The flashing of all three files will take between 5 and 10 minutes, so arm yourself with patience.

Expect you those who install LineageOS?

From first glance, if you were accustomed to CyanogenMod, you won’t see any aesthetic changes, it is identical to what you find in CM14.1. Can not criticize it anything because, in the first place, CM is a very well polished ROM, and secondly it does not have nor one active month, and the team is focusing, above all, to increase the list of devices which is compatible.

For cosmetic changes and functions there will be time, better leave the team of LineageOS. At the moment we are going to focus on what should matter in a ROM, the user experience. From the moment in which he was them available for OnePlus 3, I decided to root my phone and Flash this ROM.

LineageOS has focused, above all, to increase the list of devices which is compatible, will come the time that begins to have its own identity.

Already expected to find me a twin cyanogenmod ROM, so I went from looking for aesthetic changes and I focused on functions, some of them strongly to the terminal in its ROM stock, which I think is pretty good because they were very useful to me. Live Display It is one of the functions which, unless you know, slightly cares of your eyes.

This characteristic, which is automated by default, modifies the color temperature of the screen depending on the time of day that is, leaving it nearly without shades of blue at night. You can edit, if you want to, color temperature which will be during the day and night, as well as the color profile.

As it was usual in CyanogenMod ROM, you can change the layout of the clock so that is it to the left, Center or right, just as also you can configure if dragging from one side of the status bar shows only the notifications with the settings you have front row or displayed in full shade.

There are also options that were in the ROM OnePlus 3 stock, as ability to set actions to set pulsar form buttons (although only the central and the apps recent) or configure the switch of the left edge for notifications.

I have missed, instead, the possibility of using dark theme for settings menus or the possibility of lowering the bar of notifications simply by dragging down anywhere in the main screen. I also notice something that you will be viewing in catches, and it is part of the ROM is in English.

And this has been my experience

I think that any of that has been used at some point CyanogenMod or is using LineageOS in any terminal, already know what I’m going to tell. In terms of fluidity is simply impeccable, as well as OxygenOS, which is very positive. I have not experienced forced closures or lags in no time. It is true that hardware helps, but the optimization of a ROM is even more important.

With regard to how to use, because it is based on the features of OxygenOS are in LineageOS, it was not me so different, and I appreciate that (Live Display) color temperature is automated without having to resort to third-party applications. One of the things I have also loved is the additional customization of notification LED.

OxygenOS already allows some freedom, but with LineageOS you can go further, and may modify the color of the LED, the duration and speed with which lights up. You can do this in each application that you want to, to help me identify which one is notifying me something.

I have noticed that the fingerprint sensor, although it remains just as accurate, It is a tad slower than with OxygenOS (it is still a bullet). Perhaps print mine, but I have the feeling of having to leave your finger a little more so recognize me the track and release the terminal. It’s nothing alarming, but it is a small detail I wanted to note.

Problems I’ve found during these days

Before moving, this time, to see how is this ROM, I dedicate a few lines to the problems with which I myself, in any case have to do with performance, I say now, it has been (and is being) impeccable. The first problem is that flasheable superuser does not return me to root the mobile.

Despite having flashed the zip and, once configured the terminal, downloaded the app, not updated me binaries, therefore the mobile you don’t root, Although the bootloader is unlocked and installed on the recovery, nothing prevents me flashing other ROMs, only which you want to install any app that requires root, I’ll stay with the desire to.

Some problems that I found is that the switch for notifications stopped working in this ROM, or if I get to the recovery, then have to configure the terminal as if you had done a factory reset. However, it is a ROM that I recommend to try for a while.

Another problem is that if I access the TWRP, I have to reconfigure all the terminal again (including fingerprints), which is a little hassle. The last problem I’ve had is that, after a couple of days, the switch to modes of notification does not work in this ROM, probably you have done something wrong. Now, let’s see the guts of this ROM.

In general terms, even though the problems, It is a perfectly valid ROM for every day. His performance is very good, as it was usual in CyanogenMod, its level of customization is very high and is really stable. You can say that I am satisfied with it, and will be installed in my mobile until I decide to try another.

Now is your time, which you can give your opinion and experience with LineageOS or raise any doubt that will happen, either from the process of installation or about the use of the ROM, I will be happy to resolve it as far as possible.