Asus ZenFone 4 Max is an old device released back in 2017 with Android Nougat out the box. It was later upgraded to Android Oreo and then stopped getting updates, the last update was in December of 2019. However, if you want Android 10 in your ZenFone 4 Max, then you can Download LineageOS 17.1 and install it using TWRP. The ROM is a very early build and contains some bugs, it will improve with time and the more users use it, the more it helps the developer with identifying bugs and fixing them, that’s just how the Android developing community works.
LineageOS is the most trusted and most used Custom ROM for Android. It is an AOSP based Custom ROM that focuses on giving Stock Android experience with some extra essential features. There are many great features in LineageOS 17.1 and it gives a good performance and battery life. LineageOS also push monthly security patches that ensure the safety of your device.
Speaking of Asus Zenfone 4 Max, it was released back in 2017. It was released in two versions: ZC554KL and ZC520KL. The ZC554KL sports a Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 chipset with Adreno 505 while the ZC520KL sports a Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 with Adreno 308. Both models Support 3 GB RAM with 32 GB of Storage. Both models come with an HD IPS LCD display with ZC554KL at 5.5 inches and ZC520KL at 5.2 inches. Both modules come with the Dual-camera system. For the battery, the ZC554KL is fueled by a 5000 mAh battery while the other one is fueled by a 4100 mAh battery.
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Download LineageOS 17.1 for Asus Zenfone 4 Max
Download the ROM <- For X00HD | ZC520KL
- Visit the XDA Thread of The ROM before flashing
- All Credit to the developer SebaUbuntu
- ROM is in Beta State
What’s not working (At the Time of Writing the Post: 28 April 2020)
- RIL (Calls, SMS, Data)
- Camera (still requires some work)
- Every media (video recording and video playback, system animations works) (OMX HAL is crashing)
- Audio (record and playback)
- Notification LED
- Some randoms bootloops
LineageOS is the most used and most trusted Custom ROM out there. It was started as CyanogenMod and known to be the first custom ROM or firmware which was able to make its way to some smartphone as pre-installed default firmware.
LineageOS is based on AOSP code and you will hardly feel a difference from stock Android. There are some third-party apps like Trebuchet, AudioFX, Clock, Dialer. Jelly, Eleven Music Player, Recorder, Snap Camera. All the apps are useful and there are no Ads in them. LineageOS comes without Google app or GApps, you have to install them after flashing the ROM.
Due to its stability and performance, many other custom ROMs use LineageOS code as their base, some of them are Resurrection Remix and crDroid.
If you want a daily driver with good battery life and performance, then LineageOS is one the best option for you.
About the Android 10
Android 10 is the latest version released by Google with a lot of new improvements in much-needed areas. With an increased focus on Privacy, the new Dark Mode, and the improved Gestures, Android 10 brings a lot of long-awaited features.
Dark Mode was a very requested feature and Google gave Dark mode in some of its Apps before. System-wide Dark Mode is finally here in the Android 10. It can save a lot of battery life especially if you are using an AMOLED screen. It also goes on your eyes.
A more powerful set of Privacy features is not just necessary for the user but for the big companies too because of the hefty fines they are getting by Government.
The Permissions are now very strict and will ask if an app can use a particular thing like GPS or a Sensor every time, only when the app is open or it can’t use the Sensor at all. You can find the new Permissions manager in the Setting which will list all the apps using a specific sensor or service.
Android 10 finally brings a New Gestures system that can replace the traditional Three-button navigation system and Android Pie’s navigation bar.
Although the Gestures are inspired by iOS’s gesture (It is the same), the Gestures are now usable and are easy to use.
New Theming options
Theming options were found on Beta 2 version of Android 10 and are expected to come with the release of the Pixel 4 launch.
Focus Mode is a feature introduced to curb your Phone addiction. The main point of this feature is that you can select a bunch of apps that are distracting and you can stop them all for a duration of time. At that time, there will be no notifications and you won’t be able to use the app.
The New share menu is now ordered alphabetically and the suggested apps appear on top of the list. It is a big relief as the previous Share menu was a complete mess.
Live caption is a feature that will display captions on a video played offline or with the Video player. It looks like a very good feature for Deaf and people with difficulty in hearing. Also, it can come in handy at night when you don’t want to wake the person sleeping next to you.
How to flash LineageOS 17.1 Custom ROM on Asus Zenfone 4 Max
Instructions are taken from Official XDA thread of ROM
- Remove all Pins and Password so Decryption dont fail
- Make sure to update to latest Firmware
- Flash the latest TWRP given above
- Charge the device to at least 50%
Step 1: Flash the TWRP Custom Recovery on the Asus Zenfone 4 Max.
Step 2: Take Full Backup
Step 3: Perform a Factory reset (Format Data) by Going in the Wipe Section
Step 4: Flash the LineageOS zip file in the Install section
Step 5: Flash GApps
Step 6: Flash Magisk Zip if you want to root
The first boot will take some time so be patient. And that’s it, you have flashed the LineageOS 17.1 Custom ROM for Asus Zenfone 4 Max.
If you are facing any problem or got a question, leave a comment below.