Lineage OS is an open-source operating system for tablets and smartphones based on the Android mobile platform. This is the successor of the popular custom ROM CyanogenMod, from which it was made when Cyanogen Inc. has announced that it will discontinue the development of the operating system and it will shut down the infrastructure behind the project.
The Lineage OS has been officially released back on December 24, 2016 and its source code was made available on GitHub. However, since Cyanogen Inc. has kept the rights to the Cyanogen name, the new project has been named as Lineage OS.
According to reports, over 80 devices will support the Lineage OS, with both Marshmallow and Nougat builds being currently prepared. Unfortunately, we don’t have the list of devices that will support Lineage OS, but this list will most likely be announced by the developers sometime soon.
We should mention that a fresh install will be a better idea, but if you will choose to upgrade from CM 13/14.1 build to Lineage, you can try out the data migration builds, but keep in mind that it is still experimental and you might lose important data from your phone or tablet.
These data migration builds will also be offered alongside the release candidates for first two months only. Unfortunately, the developers don’t guarantee that these migration builds will work without any problems, but if you want to do it that way, you can try it out at your own risk. However, we suggest you suggest to backup your data before you start the upgrading process.
The developers of Lineage OS promise that they will continuously work on this new operating system and that they will bring new options and features to it in the future.
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