LineageOS Now Supports Google Pixel C, Mi 5s Plus & More

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The LineageOS program expanded its support for a number of new Android devices including the Google Pixel C earlier this week. Apart from Google's 2015 tablet, the Android-based ROM now also supports the Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus, BQ Aquaris U Plus, and two variants of the LG V20 – the GSM Unlocked one and Sprint's model. Additionally, the LineageOS variants for the Motorola Photon Q and eEco Le Max 2 have recently been updated to version 14.1, up from 13.0. Owners of the newly supported Google Pixel C still aren't able to download any LineageOS builds as the initial variants of the software are only scheduled to be released on Monday, June 5. It's currently unclear how frequently will the project's support for Google's device be revised as developers shared little details on the matter, having only revealed that they have decided to codename the device "dragon." The latest turn of events also marks the first time LineageOS is available on all U.S. variants of the latest LG V-series flagship. Likewise, the project is expected to support the LG V30 after the smartphone is released later this year, though it remains to be seen whether its support will be introduced prior to 2018.

Apart from announcing the newly supported devices, the LineageOS team shared an update on its progress earlier this week, detailing a number of changes, improvements, and optimizations that were introduced to the popular ROM in a period from May 15 to May 31. One of the most noticeable tweaks compared to earlier builds of LineageOS pertains to what developers refer to as "sensitive numbers" that are no longer recorded in the system call log. Such numbers are mostly associated with a wide variety of hotlines, with the new LineageOS change being inspired by a certain EU practice of not recording suicide, child abuse, and domestic violence hotlines on monthly phone bills in an effort to allow troubled people to seek help as privately as possible. A full list of numbers that won't be logged by LineageOS going forward is available at the source link beneath this writing. The change only pertains to call logs in the default Dialer app of the ROM and won't affect third-party solutions.

LineageOS was also recently updated with "Desktop Mode" browsing support, allowing users to force websites to render like they do on desktop computers. Finally, the developers behind the project revealed that they have debuted minor Jelly optimizations since mid-May, in addition to enhancing the ROM's Incognito Mode that now clearly shows when it's activated and doesn't store any cookies.

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