After shocking users all around by announcing the shutdown of Cyanogen services yesterday, the CM team has some good news. The CyanogenMod team, what’s left of it, will use the CM source code and transition it into Lineage OS.
The CyanogenMod ROM was and is still one of most used custom Android ROMs. A lot of users rely on the CM ROM to get the latest Android OS on their devices. When the OEM doesn’t support a device anymore, users could go to CyanogenMod to get the latest version Android running on their devices.
Lineage OS will be a continuation of CyanogenMod, although it will be slightly different. It will still rely on the CM source code, and as Cyanogen mentioned in their obituary, anyone can use the open source-code to continue the work. The CM team realized that a lot of users still relied on CM to get the latest Android update and so have formed the new OS.
“Embracing that spirit, we the community of developers, designers, device maintainers and translators have taken the steps necessary to produce a fork of the CyanogenMod source code and pending patches. This is more than just a ‘rebrand’. This fork will return to the grassroots community effort that used to define CyanogenMod while maintaining the professional quality and reliability you have come to expect more recently.”
Lineage OS Release Date
As of now, the development of Lineage OS has just begun. A website for the OS has been launched, new social media accounts have gone live and faith in humanity has been restored. There’s no word on when we can see the first version of the new OS, ready for testing and use.
However, the new team at Lineage OS have given an official word to announce more about the new OS on 27th December. We’ll be sure to update this page with all the necessary information that Lineage team shares on the given date.
Since support for CyanogenMod nightlies will end on December 31st, the team at Lineage will probably try to provide the new OS as early as possible. There is no confirmed release date yet, but at least we know that CyanogenMod isn’t dead.