LineageOS 19, based on Android 12, is now available for download

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We’ve seen a lot of unauthorized LineageOS 19 builds based on Android 12 over the past few months, but now this third-party ROM is officially available. LineageOS 19, which was announced in an official blog post, is a significant update for one of the most popular third-party ROMs on Android. It’s worth mentioning that the official update is based on Android 12.1/12L, but the team decided to drop “19.1” in favor of “19” due to Android moving to quarterly maintenance releases.

(18.1 too) We have a brand new default wallpaper and a full set of wallpapers to choose from, check it out! These wallpapers are designed with Android 12’s Monet theme features in mind, so try them out and see which accent color you like best! (18.1 too) Wi-Fi display is available to all devices that choose to join, either through the proprietary Qualcomm interface or the newly restored legacy Miracast interface! (18.1 too) We now support custom charging sounds for different types of charging, wired or wireless.

As Android has moved to the quarterly maintenance release model, this release will be “LineageOS 19”, not 19.0 or 19.1. LineageOS 19 is expected to launch first for a range of Google Pixel devices, alongside 29 other handsets. Unfortunately, no version exists yet for Google Tensor-powered Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. More devices should be added as those who maintain individual device versions provide updates. The official changelog is quite substantial as you will see below. WebView has been updated to Chromium 100.0.4896.58. We have completely redone the volume panel introduced in Android 12 and made it a side expansion panel.

There are a number of other changes in LineageOS 19 that affect networking. An overhaul of the privacy-focused built-in firewall, restricted network mode, and per-application isolation features was required to comply with AOSP’s new restricted network mode. Unfortunately, due to some other AOSP changes, namely the removal of iptables in favor of eBPF, some legacy devices may not update to LineageOS 19 – at least for now. The LineageOS team offered this explanation:

If you want to download and install LineageOS 19 on your device, you can find the full list of supported hardware on the official Lineage Wiki or check the blog post for the dedicated build list.

The problem is that only devices with Linux kernel 4.9 or newer have the capabilities to use eBPF. Usually these things can be backported to older kernel versions, but so far even something as close to 4.9 as 4.4 has proven difficult due to the large number of commits and structure changes in the introduction to BPF. Those of you using a 4.4 kernel, fear not, a backport has been created, but for devices using kernel versions 3.18 and lower, this may be the end of the road.

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  • LineageOS 19, based on Android 12, is now available for download
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