LineageOS' latest numbers show the OnePlus One is still tinkerers' favorite device

LineageOS, the continuation of the drama-plagued and now dead CyanogenMod Android distribution, has just reached a significant milestone – one million installs, and we believe congratulations are in order. First spotted by Android Police, the million mark seems to have been passed mere hours ago, and, along with it, we can take a good look at the demographics of people running custom ROMs.

It's interesting to note that OnePlus, the company which prides itself on selling open devices, seems to have earned its reputation among users, and takes the first, second, and eleventh place among LineageOS device installs with its One, 3/3T, and 2, respectively. Other popular devices include the Samsung Galaxy S III (!) and S5, Xiaomi's Redmi Note 3 and Mi 5, and the Google Nexus 5.

From the statistics we can also see that India is the top country among the distribution's users, with China following closely and the US trailing somewhat further back. Of course, all three are eclipsed by the elusive country of Unknown, which accounts for more than a third of LineageOS' downloads.

Such news is always a good reminder of just how bad phone support is nowadays – most Android devices are lucky to get the bare minimum of two years of updates, all the while Apple still supports the iPhone 5, a device which was released almost five years ago. But rather than turn this into yet another iOS vs Android battle, let's instead take the opportunity to applaud all the enthusiasts working out of their own free time to continue supporting older devices like the Galaxy SIII, which are all but guaranteed to never receive another software update through official means.

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  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3100 mAh



1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Trying to start a flame war while excusing yourself of responsibility....Bravo. Still, at least there's the option of custom ROMs. They bring all new and modern features that can be implemented in the hardware with them. Even Apple doesn't do that, most of their older phones just get a version number bump, no new features and a hefty slowdown for some reason even though nothing new gets added.

6. yalokiy

Posts: 1051; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

It's almost as if it's native ROM. After all, the device had CyanogenOS preinstalled from factory and even cyanogen logo on the back. The best ROM for the device is still probably SultanXDA's.

2. brasstax

Posts: 543; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Apple supports its 5 year old devices which is undeniable fact and is great. But in doing so, it makes those phones really slow. In comparison, most android users like myself install custom roms not just to get the latest OS version, but also to have maximum tinkerability with minimum footprint sans bloatware. Android users with Kitkat can get along just fine as theur devices still support and run 99% of apps just fine.

4. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I agree with you maintaining the device yourself (custom roms) because i did the same, but it still stinks that you are on your own once you buy that device.

3. brasstax

Posts: 543; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

My note 10.1 2014 edition is currently rocking Lineage OS 13 based on Marshmallow. With several apps open, only around 800 MB RAM is used. When i was on Touchwiz Lollipop, almost 1.2 GB RAM was used at boot up with average usage consuming 1.7 to 2.1 GB RAM. The only reason I have not installed the Nougat based Lineage OS 14.1 is because it does not have the CM theme engine support and instead relies on Substratum which I find cumbersome to use and causes crashes.

5. boozer

Posts: 7; Member since: May 24, 2014

Rocking a OnePlus One for 2.5 years and with resurrection remix, I see no need for a new phone. Mahbe OnePlus 4 or 2017 pixel, I don't know...

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Same here, still my first and only Android device since 2014. Was really tempted to upgrade to a Note 7, but alas, nature said no.

7. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Now phone oem are not only one to blame for no/delayed updates. Soc manufacturers like Qualcomm/mediatek are equally responsible. Qualcomm dropped support for S801 and left one plus one deprived of official nougat update. Anyway, I switched to iOS...and wish google keeps on making best android devices like pixel. I'd like have android device again.

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