[ROM][A5|7 2017] LineageOS 18.1 Official / 19 Preview

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UC666

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Hello,
I have three problems and I am not really sure, if they are really problems and also one question.
First the question, what does the FE in the name of the zip name for LOS 19 mean, and what are the differences in the build?
Second my first "problem" my device is an A5, but in the settings and in my Google Account it is reconized as A7, but I thought the build are for both smartphones and does this has a relevant impact?
My second problem is that banking apps say my device is rooted even though it isn't, so I can t use them. Could this be of problem 3?
The third problem has to do more with the GApps Situation, I flashed NikGapps Core package for Android 12L and the Play Store wasn t certified, i registered my device manually by google but over 1-2 months nothing changed, does all GApp packages have non certified play stores?
I can reassure you, I think you have not three problems, only one!
your problem is that you use LOS 19 as your daily driver, this ROM is only a PREVIEW, it is only for testing !!!! It is not even open source as far as I know...
 

UC666

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Hi,
FE is kind of a joke I made. It means Fan Edition and what makes it special is that is has DotOS quick settings panel and a custom bootanimation.
A5 being A7 in settings has no consequences whatsoever as the kernel gets patched correctly anyway.
You other questions could probably be answered by a guide @Simon1511 made: https://telegra.ph/Passing-safetynet-with-Magisk-v24-and-newer-03-03
due to the question of the member it is obvious that the device is used as a daily driver and not for testing purposes. why don't you clarify that? why is LOS19 still listed in the same thread together with LOS18? It has become very confusing for many users....
 

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I can reassure you, I think you have not three problems, only one!
your problem is that you use LOS 19 as your daily driver, this ROM is only a PREVIEW, it is only for testing !!!! It is not even open source as far as I know...
I know that this is only a preview, I chose to use it, if nobody test the builds the bugs won't be fixed, simple as that and technically I can use it without any issues, everyone has different use cases the banking apps doesn't matter
 

UC666

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I know that this is only a preview, I chose to use it, if nobody test the builds the bugs won't be fixed, simple as that and technically I can use it without any issues, everyone has different use cases the banking apps doesn't matter
Sorry, if you were aware that it is a preview, then I do not understand your questions or problems....
To me it still looks like you are entrusting sensitive banking data, your Google account and possibly personal data stored on the device like other people's contacts to a ROM at a very early stage.... Privacy?!
 

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Hi,

Is anyone having issues with camera?
I have the official 18.1, with camera app 2.0.002 . It works, but bad quality, crops the image... not good.
I installed LineageOS camera app, org.lineagos.snap_2.02.072 202072100, but if it is installed, the camera becomes unavailable. So any apps which are using the camera, are reporting that camera is not accessible and crash.
If i remove the newer version, seems that everything goes back to normal. Otherwise the phone is OK, fast, stable.



Device is not rooted (and will not be). Any help will be appreciated :)

LineageOS team doesn't even offer snap as an option starting from 19, there has to be a reason.
Yeah I know about official camera app bugs, luckily those are not device bugs. Third party camera app or a google camera port is the way to go.

due to the question of the member it is obvious that the device is used as a daily driver and not for testing purposes. why don't you clarify that? why is LOS19 still listed in the same thread together with LOS18? It has become very confusing for many users....
It's listed as a preview because it still doesn't comply with LineageOS charter requirements for official.

In particular, SELinux policy is still permissive and our kernel is too old (needs a backport, for now I'm using hacks for it to work), power hal needs rewriting as we're using old one. Don't ask, I have no idea if or when this will even get fixed. And also "monet customization" simply isn't part of LineageOS although I put it there.

So to conclude, things are not being done properly, as LineageOS has strict requirements. I still clarify it as "preview" because of that. But it's a fact that all phone features fully work and that those issues are not noticable by the end user. Some people choose to use it like that, which is really, up to them.
 
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LineageOS team doesn't even offer snap as an option starting from 19, there has to be a reason.
Yeah I know about official camera app bugs, luckily those are not device bugs. Third party camera app or a google camera port is the way to go.


It's listed as a preview because it still doesn't comply with LineageOS charter requirements for official.

In particular, SELinux policy is still permissive and our kernel is too old (needs a backport, for now I'm using hacks for it to work), power hal needs rewriting as we're using old one. Don't ask, I have no idea if or when this will even get fixed. And also "monet customization" simply isn't part of LineageOS although I put it there.

So to conclude, things are not being done properly, as LineageOS has strict requirements. I still clarify it as "preview" because of that. But it's a fact that all phone features fully work and that those issues are not noticable by the end user. Some people choose to use it like that, which is really, up to them.
Hi,

OK, thanks. Snap version was the first i tried, and for first sight, it was OK.
Can anyone suggest a replacement camera app until the official gets better?
 

UC666

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@Option58

In practice, the end user does not notice the problems, so also not whether his data is possibly insecure... How is data protection guaranteed?

Both ROMs LOS18-Official and LOS19-Preview are since many months together in one thread, an overview is very difficult or even impossible, since in the posts often the reference is missing.
Wouldn't a separation be recommendable? The situation would be much more transparent and everyone would know the risks of using LOS19-Preview...
 
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In practice, the end user does not notice the problems, so also not whether his data is possibly insecure... How is data protection guaranteed?

Both ROMs LOS18-Official and LOS19-Preview are since many months together in one thread, an overview is very difficult or even impossible, since in the posts often the reference is missing.
Wouldn't a separation be recommendable? The situation would be much more transparent and everyone would know the risks of using LOS19-Preview...
Given that this thread has, to my knowledge, been the same thread used since the initial release of LineageOS 14.1 on these devices, splitting it now doesn't do anyone much good.

The risks present with the LineageOS preview are pretty much in the name. Could the fact that SELinux is permissive instead of Enforced be documented somewhere clealry? Maybe, but then the question needs to be asked, would that even matter? The usecase for 19.1 preview is to test a version of the OS that is known to have issues, and thus, you shouldn't be doing anything data-sensitive on it anyways. If you want to use the previews, you should instead be using a seperate device that isn't your daily driver for it.

Every other issue is pretty much expected. If you want (as close to) stable and (relatively) secure, use 18.1.
 

Jmackley

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Given that this thread has, to my knowledge, been the same thread used since the initial release of LineageOS 14.1 on these devices, splitting it now doesn't do anyone much good.

The risks present with the LineageOS preview are pretty much in the name. Could the fact that SELinux is permissive instead of Enforced be documented somewhere clealry? Maybe, but then the question needs to be asked, would that even matter? The usecase for 19.1 preview is to test a version of the OS that is known to have issues, and thus, you shouldn't be doing anything data-sensitive on it anyways. If you want to use the previews, you should instead be using a seperate device that isn't your daily driver for it.

Every other issue is pretty much expected. If you want (as close to) stable and (relatively) secure, use 18.1.
Honestly right now the only real "issue" on preview is permissive, there's a couple of other things that prevent it being official too
 

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I have experienced several times that even if there was no change, a new build is released even if there was no change in the meantime. Why?
 

Darthsternie

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Did anyone get data encryption to work with the LineageOS 19 Builds? I see some mentions of it but whenever I try it I get stuck in a flashing bootloop where it asks for my Pin but then goes black immediately so that I can't enter it.
I've tried it with the 20220391 and 20220503FE Build with only Nikgapps basic 20220420 installed and freshly wiped data but it doesn't want to work :)
 

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I've tried using Android Auto with my Car today today on the LineageOS 19 20220519 Build + NikGapps Basic
It mentioned that no App is installed for this protocol so I installed Android Auto from the Play Store.
Then Android Auto showed me error 22 though which roughly translated says "Android Auto wasn't preinstalled. To be able to use it it needs to be integrated into your System"
Is this a problem with LineageOS or do I need to use another Gapps Package to get this functionality? :D
Thanks in Advance
Screenshot_20220625-110241_Android Auto.png

 

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Did anyone get data encryption to work with the LineageOS 19 Builds? I see some mentions of it but whenever I try it I get stuck in a flashing bootloop where it asks for my Pin but then goes black immediately so that I can't enter it.
I've tried it with the 20220391 and 20220503FE Build with only Nikgapps basic 20220420 installed and freshly wiped data but it doesn't want to work :)
It seems that encryption is not an issue there: I managed - the hard way - to disable PIN screen check during bootup (it's not very less secure as the PIN will be asked for TWRP and wake up access anyway) by runing the Android wizard assistant after a complete wipe, and telling him i did not want it during boot. after that I was able to install this rom without boot issue.

It may be done by exploring the menus but I did not find where. It could be this "Require PIN to boot device": https://www.trishtech.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/require-pin-password-to-start-android-1.jpg
 

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Hi, I've got a problem on my A5 with LineageOS 19 where the Wifi stops working after a few minutes of usage. When I go into the settings and reset the internet connection it's back again for a few minutes when it breaks again.
Has anyone else experienced this?
 

js-xda

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Using since more than 2 months an A5 2017 as secondary phone for a family member (being quite happy with it), I am wondering to have another A5 2017 in the family as daily driver. What keeps me from doing it without asking is the pending situation about official and/or OTA updates beyond LineageOS 18.1. Knowing that the crystal ball even for someone like Option58 is blurry, I was wondering whether e. g. Option58 but also anyone else has a thought on this. I saw e. g. LineageOS 19.1 for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 receiving OTA updates even so being unofficial via an own server of the developer. Or is there already some light at the end of the tunnel towards a newer kernel allowing LineageOS 19.1 at some moment being official for this phone?

Big thank you in any case to Option58 and anyone else making it possible to run this phone with up to date software! Both in the interest of saving some money but even more the precious resources for less new phones!
 

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Using since more than 2 months an A5 2017 as secondary phone for a family member (being quite happy with it), I am wondering to have another A5 2017 in the family as daily driver. What keeps me from doing it without asking is the pending situation about official and/or OTA updates beyond LineageOS 18.1. Knowing that the crystal ball even for someone like Option58 is blurry, I was wondering whether e. g. Option58 but also anyone else has a thought on this. I saw e. g. LineageOS 19.1 for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 receiving OTA updates even so being unofficial via an own server of the developer. Or is there already some light at the end of the tunnel towards a newer kernel allowing LineageOS 19.1 at some moment being official for this phone?

Big thank you in any case to Option58 and anyone else making it possible to run this phone with up to date software! Both in the interest of saving some money but even more the precious resources for less new phones!
Honestly don't get another a5, there are phones that are newer and cheap that are much better, you can't unlock the bootloader anymore anyway since the oem unlocking servers are dead so you'd be stuck on 8.0, right now as far as I know we can't get official but pretty much everything works in 19.1 (been using since it came out) although obviously no ota updates (although it's not too difficult to just download and flash new build, it's just a few more steps I guess)
 

js-xda

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Honestly don't get another a5, there are phones that are newer and cheap that are much better, you can't unlock the bootloader anymore anyway since the oem unlocking servers are dead so you'd be stuck on 8.0, right now as far as I know we can't get official but pretty much everything works in 19.1 (been using since it came out) although obviously no ota updates (although it's not too difficult to just download and flash new build, it's just a few more steps I guess)
Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Wondering on one specific aspect that you mention: Unlocking the bootloader being an issue because of dead oem unlocking servers. I installed LineageOS 18.1 coming from stock just about 3 months ago and I can't recall any issues there. Is the bootloader (in which regions) per default locked beyond being a setting in developer options? I followed the plain and simple instructions provided on the LineageOS wiki. And I believe branding was already rare in 2017 as well - which might give issues if the providers shut down their servers indeed.
 

Jmackley

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Wondering on one specific aspect that you mention: Unlocking the bootloader being an issue because of dead oem unlocking servers. I installed LineageOS 18.1 coming from stock just about 3 months ago and I can't recall any issues there. Is the bootloader (in which regions) per default locked beyond being a setting in developer options? I followed the plain and simple instructions provided on the LineageOS wiki. And I believe branding was already rare in 2017 as well - which might give issues if the providers shut down their servers indeed.
The OEM unlock toggle only appears after a certain amount of time running stock and this is determined by checking a server, since the server is now dead the toggle won't appear
 

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    Will there be an official version of LineageOS 19 for this phone that someone might know?
    I can't find a clear list of phones that are supported by them for 19.x.
    See this post:
    That's right, our kernel is 3.18 and there's no eBPF backport (yet). Fear not, I'm using a hack in core files to make everything work for my own a12 builds, but can't push that to official. However, that's just the current state, who knows what might happen eventually.
    Up to date to my knowledge.
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    Just an appreciation post for this rom (12L). A job well done. Loading as a daily driver and will report any issues that I find.
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    LineageOS 18.1 Official for Galaxy A5|7 2017


    Lineage_OS_Logo_Wiki_main.jpg


    LineageOS is a free, community built, aftermarket firmware distribution of Android 11 (r), which is designed to increase performance and reliability over stock Android for your device.

    Code:
    /*
    * Your warranty is now void.
    *
    * I am not responsible for bricked devices, dead SD cards,
    * thermonuclear war, or you getting fired because the alarm app failed. Please
    * do some research if you have any concerns about features included in this ROM
    * before flashing it! YOU are choosing to make these modifications, and if
    * you point the finger at me for messing up your device, I will laugh at you.
    */

    LineageOS is based on the Android Open Source Project with extra contributions from many people within the Android community. It can be used without any need to have any Google application installed. Linked below is a package that has come from another Android project that restore the Google parts. LineageOS does still include various hardware-specific code, which is also slowly being open-sourced anyway.

    All the source code for LineageOS is available in the LineageOS Github repo. And if you would like to contribute to LineageOS, please visit Gerrit Code Review.​

    What's working?

    • Audio
    • Calls
    • Wifi
    • Hotspot
    • Mobile data
    • GPS
    • Bluetooth
    • Fingerprint
    • Hardware composer
    • OpenMAX (hardware encoding/decoding)
    • Camera (photos + recording)
    • NFC
    • Sensors
    • Vibration
    • Double tap to wake
    • Always on display
    • Software encryption
    • Sepolicy
    Security
    • We merged all patches from now also deprecated 3.18 Android Common Kernel from Google, which is some 4 years ahead of latest stock rom.
    • We are shipping with enforced selinux policy.

    Supported variants

    All variants of Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017). Dual SIM is also supported.

    How to install
    1. Make sure you had Samsung's Oreo firmware bootloader and modem before installing this.
    2. Make sure you are using the latest official TWRP version.
    3. Download the lineage build and optionally google apps.
    4. In TWRP format data (if you still have stock rom encryption).
    5. In TWRP wipe data and cache.
    6. Flash LineageOS.
    7. Optional: Flash Google apps (rightafter).
    8. Reboot.

    LineageOS updater will handle updates automatically (OTA).
    If you're flashing manually, it's okay to dirty flash.

    Downloads

    A5 2017: download.lineageos.org | wiki.lineageos.org | twrp.me
    A7 2017: download.lineageos.org | wiki.lineageos.org | twrp.me
    Google apps (arm64): wiki.lineageos.org

    Old builds:
    18.1 beta: mega
    17.1 last official: androidfilehost
    17.1 alpha/beta: androidfilehost
    16.0 last official: mega
    15.1 last beta: androidfilehost


    Donations
    If you find the work I did helpful, you can buy me coffee/beer/whatever via this link.

    Telegram
    There's a telegram group made by A5|7 users where we hang out. Feel free to check it out.

    Credits
    Huge thanks to:
    • @RaymanFX for the original work on lineage 14.1 and thus making this possible.
    • @forkbomb444 for valuable contribution to 7880 sources.
    • @Simon1511 for contributing to these devices via patches uploaded to lineageos gerrit.
    • @Stricted, @danwood76 and fcuzzocrea for contribution to exynos platform.
    • @SGTPresticle, @Jmackley for doing the testing.
    • LineageOS Team
    • Me, for the infinite hours spent on this project. :p

    XDA:DevDB Information
    [ROM][11][A5|7 2017] LineageOS 18.1 Official [WEEKLY], ROM for the Samsung Galaxy A Series 2017 A5 and A7

    Contributors
    Option58
    Source Code: https://github.com/LineageOS/android_kernel_samsung_universal7880

    ROM OS Version: Android 11
    ROM Kernel: Linux 3.18.140
    ROM Firmware Required: Samsung oreo firmware

    Version Information
    Status:
    Weekly

    Created 2018-12-07
    Last Updated 2020-08-13
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    LineageOS 19 Preview for Galaxy A5|7 2017

    Like each year so far, it's time for Lineage 19 preview builds to be released, based on Android 12L.

    Android-12L.png

    Firstly, bear in mind that Lineage 19 is known to be in an early state as a rom at this point and issues aren't to be unexpected. I've however managed to get most of the standard lineage features working (kudos to lineage team). And device-wise, although there is still a lot of work that needs to be done under the hood, all of the phone functions should be working as before.

    Important! If you are using TWRP you need to be on version 3.6.0 or higher to flash this. Older versions do not work and will splash loop.

    Download: MEGA | androidfilehost | google drive
    Google apps: Look for them here |
    Read on 12L gapps situation

    If you find the work I did helpful, you can buy me coffee/beer/whatever via this link.

    Changelog:

    • 20220503
      • Added an FE edition with DotOS qs panel along with the regular build
      • Added a workaround for SafetyNet check
      • Small monet fixes and improvements
      • Synced with the latest LineageOS sources

    • 20220319
      • Upgraded to Android 12L
      • March security patch
      • Fixed network traffic monitoring
      • Fixed issues with camera force close after some period of usage
      • Drop the monet disabler zip
      • Synced with the latest LineageOS sources

    • 20220216
      • Switch to kdrag0n monet implementation
      • Add monet settings
      • Add black theme

    • 20220204
      • Make just one (monet) build and a disabler zip
      • Follow light/dark theme in quick settings and power menu
      • Fix scrolling in encryption menu
      • Place volume panel on the left by default
      • Enable call recording in aosp dialer

    • 20220119
      • Initial release
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    FAQ
    Help my sim doesn't work
    Please read the installation instructions more carefully. Oreo firmware bootloader and modem is a must.
    You can find the collection along with the guide in THIS xda thread.

    I'm sometimes having crackling sound when listening to music
    Turn off 'ok google now' functionality in google app settings. If you have troubles finding it you can as well go to settings>apps, find app called 'google' and disable microphone permission.

    Does this rom support VoLTE?
    No. And it likely won't in the near future. Samsung's exynos VoLTE implementation is proprietary and non-standard. It is not possible on AOSP based roms for the time being.

    My camera flash doesn't work
    This is an issue with the camera app. Just tap to focus anywhere and it will start working.

    My device fails to encrypt
    1. You were likely using older TWRP, update to the latest version
    2. Backup your data somewhere (external sd, pc...)
    3. In TWRP Advanced -> Format data.

    My hardware keys light up whenever I touch the screen
    Navigate to Settings->System->Buttons->Backlight and tick 'Illuminate buttons only when pressed'. You might want to reduce time on the scaler to 1 second, too.

    How to switch to full screen gestures
    1. Navigate to Settings->System->Buttons->Backlight and tick 'Enable on-screen nav bar'.
    2. Navigate to Settings->System->Gestures->System navigation and tick 'Gesture navigation'.
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    New build up!

    This one is huge. The changelog list is big and I've probably fixed more bugs in the previous 7 days than I did in the past 6 months.
    Lineage 17.1 for this device is getting better and a lot of bugs are squashed now. We can now declare this a beta!

    All the changes for this build are now properly sorted and merged-in. You can easily find everything at github.com/LineageOS, build the rom yourselves and contribute with new code, if you are able to.

    • Beta 3.0
      • Pulled RIL blobs from G965F Q firmware (more modern, fixes signal strength)
      • Fixed issues with connecting to RILD (fixes in-call volume, fixes echo in calls)
      • Updated GPS blobs from A720S P firmware (better signal, we are actually able to acquire a lock)
      • Updated fingerprint blobs from A720S P firmware (works more reliably, dropped all hacks)
      • Pulled sensors from A720F O firmware (cleaner)
      • Updated DRM to support Widevine L1
      • More HALs are binderized
      • Build FlipFlap (a flip cover app)
      • Fully written and enforced selinux policy
      • Latest LineageOS sources

    https://www.androidfilehost.com/?w=files&flid=304603
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    Also I've just updated my sources so you can fully build the rom again.

    I've tested some roms like PixelExperience today on my device. It's not bad with the added 'google' feel to it. Later I might test RR and others.
    All that I'm asking from both developers and users is please be clear that these roms are based on LineageOS. Meaning that most of the hard work that actually got them to work was done here, on LineageOS. And unfortunately most of the issues they are facing as well :p Work was done by RaymanFX, forkbomb, and in the latest days by me. Not respecting this makes me less motivated to keep working on the device.

    Cheers :highfive: