LienageOS 17.1 is now available to download for Sony Xperia XZ2. The new LineageOS 17.1 is based on Pixel Android OS and brings many great features of Android 10 and features that are exclusive to LineageOS. To recall, the Xperia XZ2 was released last year with Android Oreo out of the box, it was later upgraded to Android 10. If you want better customization abilities and features, then Custom ROMs are the best way to get it. LineageOS 17.1 download links and installation guide is given below in the post.
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 Sony XZ2, it was released back in February of 2019. It sports a Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 chipset and Adreno 630. It comes in two variants: 64GB 4GB RAM and 64GB 6GB RAM. The display is a 5.7 inches IPS LCD panel at a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The display comes with the support of HDR10 and X-Reality Engine. Coming to the Cameras, it houses a Single 19 MP 1.22µm lens on the backside with a 5 MP lens on the front. It is fueled by a 3180 mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging and wireless charging.
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Download LineageOS 17.1 for Sony XZ2
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 Sony XZ2
Instructions are taken from Official XDA thread of ROM
- Remove all Pins and Password so Decryption dont fail
- Make sure to update to latest Android 10
1. Download and Install ADB and Fastboot from here
2. Download the ROM zip file and Extract it to the ADB folder, by default, the adb can be found in C: drive
3. In the ADB folder, press Shift + Right Click simultaneously and Open the Powershell Window or Command Window
4. Type the following commands to flash the ROM
fastboot flash boot boot.img
fastboot flash vendor vendor.img
fastboot flash system system.img
fastboot flash dtbo dtbo.img
fastboot --disable-verity --disable-verification flash vbmeta vbmeta.img
5. If you are using LineageOS for the first time then type this command
fastboot flash userdata userdata.img
The first boot will take some time so be patient. And that’s it, you have flashed the LineageOS 17.1 Custom ROM for Sony XZ2.
If you are facing any problem or got a question, leave a comment below.