Samsung’s Galaxy S8 series launched in 2017 and in the same year, the manufacturer launched Galaxy Note 8 as well. The 2017 flagships features Android 7.0 Nougat firmware update out of the box and got all updated to latest Android 9 Pie just last year. According to Samsung’s update history, the software support period for any flagship phone is 2 years. That means any phone from the OEM gets 2 major Android OS upgrades. Android 9.0 Pie may very well be the last major update for the S8 and Note 8 while still receiving regular security patches for another year. So S8 and Note 8 won’t be getting the latest Android 10 from Samsung. However, there is still a way to get Android 10 on your Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8 as well.
This is where custom ROMS come into play. While the Galaxy Note 8, S8, and S8+ devices wont be getting Android 10, Lineage OS 17.1 ROM can. Lineage OS 17.1 features Android 10 along with some cool new customization options and features. The first unofficial port for the Lineage OS 17.1 custom ROM comes to 2017 flagship phones from Samsung. Thanks to the N8/S8/S8+ LineageOS Development telegram group, here is the first build of Lineage OS 17.1 ROM for Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8 available for download based on Android 10.
Lineage OS 17.1 is the latest AOSP ROM based on Android 10. Now you can update your S8 and Note 8 devices to Android 10. For that, you need a custom TWRP recovery installed on your devices. These are the first Lineage OS 17.1 ROM builds so it may come with some bugs. Stable Lineage OS 17.1 will be available here.
What is Lineage OS 17.1?
Lineage OS is a very popular custom ROM for Android devices which just got updated to Android 10. Hence, the version Lineage OS 17.1. It is a free and open source operating system just like Android, but it is community-run. That means, good support. It is a light weight ROM meant to increase the performance and stability of the phones as compared to stock firmware from OEMs. It has low to no bloatware at all.
Users who don’t like the bloatware on Samsung’s One UI firmware can settle for custom ROMS like Lineage OS 17.1. Custom ROMs also generally give timely updates and security patches. Lineage OS also increased the life span of Android devices giving them the latest Android OS version.
Download Lineage OS 17.1 for Samsung S8 and Note 8
- Lineage OS 17.1 for Galaxy S8(dreamlte)
- Lineage OS 17.1 for Galaxy S8+(dream2lte)
- Lineage OS 17.1 for Galaxy Note 8(greatlte)
- Gapps for all the devices having Lineage OS 17.1
Thanks to N8/S8/S8+ LineageOS Development telegram group
Note that this ROM only works on Exynos variants of Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, Note8. Lineage OS 17.1 based on Android support for Snapdragon variants of S8, S8+, and Note 8 in the United States will come soon. So stay tuned!
There are also some known bugs in the first Lineage OS 17.1 build. List is below.
- Screen Cast
- Selinux permissive
How To Install Lineage OS 17.1 on S8 and Note 8?
Note: Unlocking the bootloader is only possible on the Exynos versions of the S8/S8+/Note 8 or the Snapdragon model purchased outside of the U.S. All Galaxy phones sold in the U.S, can’t be unlocked.
- This is a custom ROM. So your device’s warranty may be void.
- Your Galaxy S8 or S8+ or Note 8 device needs to be rooted with latest TWRP recovery setup.
- Rooting and installing a custom ROM may trip Knox counter.
- Backup is a must as it will wipe clean your device.
- Download the latest build of Lineage OS and Gapps from the links above.
- Reboot into TWRP recovery.
- Take a complete Nandroid backup.
- Flash the Lineage OS 17.1 and Gapps via TWRP.
- Reboot and enjoy Lineage OS based on Android 10
For detailed instructions, visit Samsung S20’s One UI 2.1 ROM port for Galaxy S9, S9+ and Note 9