CyanogenMod was one of the most popular open source custom ROM. Last year, we heard about CyanogenMod Inc. , the commercial branch maintaining the open-source  was going through some legal issues and was also undergoing changes fROM the ground up.

First, we heard that Steve Kondik and Cyanogen Inc. have seperated ties. Later, there were news that Cyanogen Inc. is planning to pivot to a modular approach and a little less on the custom ROM department. Eventually, in December, we heard that Cyanogen Inc. has finally decided to shutter its open source custom ROM department CyanogenMod and gave a timeline of December 31,2016 to shutter the website and pull all its servers.

The community at CyanogenMod pROMised to continue this open-source project and gave a new name to the project called “LineageOS“.Also ,as pROMised ,they started to work on providing ROMs for its popular devices and their first batch of ROMs came with support for 80+ devices at the start including the Nexus 6p,Nexus 5x and even the OnePlus One.

Also Read: LineageOS Download List: Official & Unofficial

They started to give the first batch of ROMs along with some data migration builds for certain devices which means that you would not have to clean flash before installing LineageOS on top of your device if you have CM14.1 already installed. This helped in getting the people currently on CM14.1 to migrate to “LAOS” 14.1 smoothly. This eventually helped in the popularity of the ROM and the latest count as found on the LineageOS website is over 500,000(524,153 as i write).

LineageOS Install Stats
LineageOS Install Stats

Also, if we look at the most popular devices,the first position is taken by Bacon(OnePlus one),then comes kenzo (Redmi Note 3) and the OnePlus 3. It’s interesting to see that two phones of OnePlus are in top 3 as it goes with the company’s tagline “Never Settle“(for any one ROM maybe!).

Nonetheless , the fans have vowed to support LineageOS and is currently installed the most in countries like India , China and U.S where there is an ever-growing list of tech enthusiasts.Stay tuned as we cover more!

  • Dhruv

    Can you elaborate on the migration process from CM14.1?

    • For some phones, dirty flash works fine. While for some, you need to download the lineageOS & format system before flashing. You can download LineageOS for your device from here: LineageOS ROM

    • Abhishek Jariwala

      Yes sure Dhruv , the migration builds are the ones with the “experimental” tags which were initially released on the Lineage OS downloads page. Also note that this builds are experimental and will only be available for two months from the release. If you are running cm14.1 currently then you can directly flash this experimental builds on top of it without wiping data. Thanks 🙂