May 14, 2021

The OnePlus 6 and 6T might get Android 11 from Lineage OS before OnePlus itself


We’ve all had a phone reach a premature death, running out of software updates well before the device is actually too slow to be used. Thankfully, the custom ROM community helps keep your old gadgets alive, and there’s no better ROM out right now than LineageOS. The open-source project brought Android 11 to nearly 60 phones earlier this month, and two more are about to be added to the list. Recent commits indicate LineageOS 18.1 is coming to the OnePlus 6 and 6T — or at least, it will be once an issue is fixed.

The newest version of LineageOS is based on Android 11, with recent security patches thrown in for good measure. You get access to all of the improvements and enhancements that shipped as part of Google’s latest OS last fall, all without having to wait for OnePlus to push OxygenOS 11 to either phone. It also includes several ROM-exclusive features, including advanced customization options, improved music player and recorder apps, and much more. You can check out the changelog released alongside the original batch of phones to learn more.

Just yesterday, a commit was pushed that indicated LinageOS would have Android 11 builds ready for the OnePlus 6 and 6T soon, but mere minutes after we published, a reversion of that change was pushed through due to an issue:

“Flattened apexes don’t boot up on GSI alike targets. If we somehow manage to drop flattened apexes flag then we can add these back to 18.1.”

That means Lineage OS 18.1 probably isn’t ready quite yet for these phones, and won’t be until that problem is fixed.

This all comes just two days after an update for both devices brought April’s security patch and… not much else. OnePlus’s 2018 flagships have been left to languish on Android 10, even as we rocket towards Google I/O and the unveiling of the Android 12 beta. Earlier today, we learned that OnePlus wouldn’t release official Android 11-based Oxygen OS updates for the phones until August at the soonest — and that’s just for the Open Betas.

If you own either phone and you’re sick of waiting for an update to come through official channels, Lineage OS might be an option — or, at least, it will be just as soon as this issue is resolved.


a reversion to the project’s GitHub, so there will likely be a wait until Android 11 is ready for the two phones via this route. Our coverage has been updated.

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