you're talking about *your* phone.
what people tend to not believe is up to their own (and/or maybe up to their "filter-bubble").
There was an edge case issue with accessibility apps causing delayed input. If it's fine for you. No worries, enjoy it
You must have done something wrong. It runs great here with GApps. It old hardware, but things run well.
Well, all is fine for real, lol
I'll take a look!@npjohnson
As already described in my post 193, I have successfully installed LineageOS 18.1 on a GT-I9505 and a GT-I9515 VE (flashed via TWRP, rooted via Magisk). It runs great on both devices. Thanks a lot for this! Due to the missing Ethernet driver I cannot activate Ethernet through a behind a OTG Adapter connected USB 2.0 3-way HUB with integrated Ethernet adapter, even via shell commands (on rooted stock ROM Android 4.4.2 it was possible). No "eth0" device is displayed after the shell command "ifconfig -a". As I have read on the Internet, you would have to activate the following options in the kernel "defconfig" file for the S4 for a USB Ethernet Adapter to work:
"CONFIG_USB_NET_CDCETHER", "CONFIG_USB__NET_RNDIS_HOST" and "CONFIG_USB_USBNET" (Multi-purpose USB Networking Framework).
Because my knowledge is far from sufficient to compile a "defconfig" file from a LineageOS installation file, I wanted to ask whether you could activate the three options mentioned with the next update.
Another possibility would be the manual activation of the modules "cdc_ether.ko", "rndis_host.ko" and "usbnet.ko" via the "insmod" command, if this is still possible with LineageOS 18.1. But these compiled modules would then have to come from the current kernel too.
Thanks in advance!
I wouldn't release it if OTA's didn't work lol@pocketrule
The key question, however, is which recovery do you use, TWRP or Lineage recovery?
@Retrial and @pocketrule
As I wrote in my longer posts 249 and 256, I used the smaller "BiTGApps" package + the "BiTGApps" add-on "Google TTS" for the first clean installation via TWRP on both of my S4 versions, which ran through without any problems. But after installing the OTA updates from August (error message when backing up/restoring "BiTGApps" during installation), the system could no longer boot and it went back to recovery mode, as described. So the "BiTGApps" or parhaps only the "BiTGApps" add-on "Google TTS" (I need for a navigation app) don’t seem to be combatible to OTAs via TWRP, but perhaps via Lineage recovery.
So I made a new clean installation with the August updates on both S4 devices (GT-I9505 and GT-I9515), a reduced "MindTheGapps" (see my instructions and attachement in post 249) and "Magisk-v23.0.zip" via "TWRP 3.5.2_9-1", because I don’nt want to be without root.
The crazy thing is that with otherwise the same installation on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, the "MindTheGapps" lead to an error when mounting "/mnt/system" just during a first clean installation via TWRP, but with the "BiTGApps" + "Google TTS" also work OTAs on the Tab 4.
@npjohnson and @Retrial and @pocketrule
Good news: 30 minutes ago I made via "Settings/Advanced/Updater" on the GT-I9515 (S4 VE) the update from today and everything runs automatically now and booting works without problems.
So I can say: My reduced "MindTheGapps", "Magisk-v23.0.zip" and "TWRP 3.5.2_9-1" are compatible with OTAs. When the next update for the GT-I9505 is out, I will also test the updater there. But I am sure that it will also work with this device.
I remember in the past OTA of Official LineageOS didn't worked with TWRP but has been fixed long ago.
I have already wrote guides about it at S4 Unified Collection & Guides, in case you need anything else check there.@npjohnson
I gained my first experience with the installation of LineageOS 18.1 with an unofficial version for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (SM-T530). The TWRP recovery is recommended there. The "MindTheGapps" package could not be installed even with a first clean installation on the Tab 4 (error when mounting "mnt / system"). With "BitGApps" there are no problems with the Tab 4 either during the clean first installation or with OTA updates.
Although I had read the wiki in detail beforehand, I therefore decided on the smaller "BiTGApps" package for the first clean installation on both of my S4 versions, which ran through without any problems. Only after installing the OTA updates from August (error when backing up/restoring "BiTGApps" during installation), the system could no longer boot and it went back to recovery mode, as described.
So I realized that either the TWRP or Lineage recovery or the LinageOS 18.1 for the S4 is not compatible with "BiTGApps" and you actually have to use "MindTheGapps". However, since this bundle contains too many Google apps that I don't need, I have included instructions in my Post 249 on how to remove apps.
The wiki also recommend using Heimdall in conjunction with ADB to flash the Linage recovery and install the LineageOS 18.1. However, ADB is now only offered in the 64-bit version.
Therefore, in my Post 249, I also created instructions for flashing the TWRP or Lineage Recovery via ODIN, for which even an old computer systems with Windows XP 32-bit is sufficient. I also explain there how you can then carry out a first clean installation of the LineageOS 18.1 using an external SD card without a PC via TWRP or Linage Revovery.
The clear advantage of the TWRP compared to the Lineage Recovery is the backup/restore option, which also works great with LineageOS 18.1. You can also set your time zone and language there, among other things.
Thanks for your info to OTA updates!
It greets Axel
- Your warranty is now void. - You have been warned. - Use at your own risk.
the recovery image updates the second you check the box.