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Motorola releases Android 7.1.1 kernel source code for Moto X Play and DROID Maxx 2

Back in 2015, Motorola released the Moto X Play, a 5.5" phone with a massive 3,630mAh battery. In the United States, the phone was called the DROID Maxx 2, and was a Verizon exclusive. Over the past month, Android 7.1.1 has slowly been rolling out to the X Play in some regions, with the phone previously running Android 6.0. An update is planned for the Maxx 2, but it hasn't been released yet.

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CyanogenMod Theme Engine is gone for good, LineageOS removes supporting code

During CyanogenMod's heyday, one of the ROM's biggest features was the Theme Engine. You could download any number of themes from the Play Store to change up the entire system's look. However, the feature didn't make an appearance in CyanogenMod 14 (based on Android 7.0 Nougat), and there hasn't been much talk of working on it since the project reorganized into LineageOS.

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Cyanogen Inc rebrands itself again as 'Cyngn,' an autonomous tech company

All the way back in 2013 (has it really been that long?), Steve Kondik and many other CyanogenMod contributors founded Cyanogen Inc. The company had two goals, to maintain the existing community-created CyanogenMod ROM, and to develop 'Cyanogen OS' for other manufacturers' devices. That business model could certainly have worked, but it didn't take long for the company to make costly mistakes.

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Guide: The best phones and tablets for LineageOS

The following post was written by Ryne Hager and Corbin Davenport.

The vast majority of Android device buyers don't know or care what a custom ROM is. And that's completely fine - a phone or tablet's stock ROM will be enough for 99.9% of potential users. But for the 0.1% that like to tinker, the development community surrounding a given device can drastically impact the value. Your purchase can become a much better deal if there is a wealth of custom ROM options available, extending its lifespan for possibly years (and nearly a decade for the HD2).

There are quite a few popular custom ROMs in the wild, but LineageOS is probably one of the best overall.

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LineageOS now available for Xperia Z, Xperia Z3+, LG G Pad 7.0, Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, and more

One of the best parts of LineageOS (and its predecessor, CyanogenMod) is that it can breathe life into older devices. Some phones and tablets can end up with several more years of Android updates thanks to the ROM community. Since we last looked at LineageOS, a whopping 10 more devices have been added, most of which are a few years old at this point.

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Latest Lineage OS changelog announces August security patches, an updated WebView version, and more

The team behind Lineage OS, the successor to the extremely popular CyanogenMod custom ROM, has released a new update changelog. This update brings with it mostly mundane things that the average user may not care about, but they're still worth noting regardless. Most importantly, the ROM is getting the recent August security patches and a bump to Chromium WebView v60.

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The best used Android phones to buy (Spring 2017 edition)

There are plenty of reasons to consider buying a used phone. You might drop your own phone in a pool and need something to tide you over until your carrier upgrade, or you maybe you want a frugal option for a second line you won't use frequently. Or, you might just be in search of a good deal. Just because a phone isn't new doesn't mean it isn't good anymore, but which phones are worth considering?

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LineageOS now supports the Nexus 9, Xiaomi Mi MIX, and other devices

I find myself constantly impressed with the LineageOS community. Formed from the remains of CyanogenMod, the project has continued to add support for new devices and maintain most of CM's library. Since our last post, Lineage has added support for a handful of Xiaomi phones and updated the Wi-Fi Nexus 9 to LOS 14.1.

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[Update: Nexus 4 is back after a short break] Lineage OS update re-adds Nextbit Robin support, says goodnight to the Nexus 4

Since LineageOS rose from the ashes of the ever popular CyanogenMod custom ROM at the beginning of the year, the community has been hard at work releasing incremental updates on a bi-weekly basis. Each one brings new features and support for more devices. The previous update to LineageOS 14.1 arrived with support for 9 further devices, including the Moto Z Play and Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5. The latest changelog includes additional support for just 1 extra device, the Nextbit Robin, which has been re-added. It also announces that the Nexus 4 will no longer be officially supported.

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LineageOS now supports the Moto Z Play, Galaxy Tab S 10.5, and more

The community behind LineageOS, the successor to the ill-fated CyanogenMod ROM, continues to impress. New devices are constantly being added to the build roster, and we're even seeing new software features crop up, like custom Quick Settings tiles. Now the project has started supporting nine additional devices.

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