This story was originally published 2021/04/29
3:26pm PDTon Apr 29, 2021 and last updated 2021/05/01
11:15am PDTon May 1, 2021.
We’ve all had a phone reach a premature death, running out of software updates well before the device is actually too slow to be used. Thankfully, the custom ROM community helps keep your old gadgets alive, and there’s no better ROM out right now than LineageOS. The open-source project brought Android 11 to nearly 60 phones earlier this month, and two more are about to be added to the list. The OnePlus 6T just picked up Android 11 courtesy of LineageOS, and the OnePlus 6 is expected to get its build later this week.
The newest version of LineageOS is based on Android 11, with recent security patches thrown in for good measure. You get access to all of the improvements and enhancements that shipped as part of Google’s latest OS last fall, all without having to wait for OnePlus to push OxygenOS 11 to either phone. It also includes several ROM-exclusive features, including advanced customization options, improved music player and recorder apps, and much more. You can check out the changelog released alongside the original batch of phones to learn more.
Just recently, a commit was pushed that indicated LineageOS would have Android 11 builds ready for the OnePlus 6 and 6T soon. There was one hiccup, but that was resolved in short order, and the OnePlus 6T has already picked up a LineageOS 18.1 nightly image you can download right here.
This all comes just a few days after an update for both devices brought April’s security patch and… not much else. OnePlus’s 2018 flagships have been left to languish on Android 10, even as we rocket towards Google I/O and the unveiling of the Android 12 beta. Earlier today, we learned that OnePlus wouldn’t release official Android 11-based Oxygen OS updates for the phones until August at the soonest — and that’s just for the Open Betas.
If you own either phone and you’re sick of waiting for an update to come through official channels, LineageOS might be an option. Installing a ROM on a modern phone is nowhere as simple or easy as it used to be, but it’s still an option.
Minutes after publishing our story, the LineageOS project published a reversion to the project’s GitHub, so there will likely be a wait until Android 11 is ready for the two phones via this route. Our coverage has been updated.
Snag resolved, 6T update released
The ever-awesome developers behind LineageOS managed to fix the issue:
and enchilada will be released according to its regular schedule (Tuesday).
— LuK1337 (@_LuK1337_) April 30, 2021
Images are available now for the OnePlus 6T, with the OnePlus 6 expected on Tuesday. Our coverage has been updated (again).