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LineageOS is an alternative operating system for Android devices that aims to provide users with a reliable and secure experience. It’s free to install and better than ever with the release of LineageOS 20. This iteration of LineageOS brings the latest Android 13 features and adds an all-new camera app that helps breathe new life into older devices.
If you’re wondering what exactly is new in the latest LineageOS 20 release, we’ve got you covered. Here is an overview of the main changes in this update.
Aperture replaces the Snap app in LineageOS 20
If you’ve used LineageOS before, you’ve probably come across the Snap camera app, which disappointingly produced lower-quality photos than the stock Android camera app or popular Google Camera ports. Luckily, the biggest addition to LineageOS 20 is an overhauled camera app, now called Aperture. Based on Google’s CameraX library, Aperture offers under-the-hood improvements along with a fresh user interface.
Aperture seems vastly superior to the old Snap camera app, thanks in part to the addition of these new features:
- Three camera modes help you maximize quality, minimize latency or reduce shutter lag
- A QR code scanner that uses the entire camera viewfinder
- Support for assistive cameras (this needs to be enabled outside of the Aperture app)
- Video frame rate control options
- A microphone switcher if you need to record videos without sound
- A leveler similar to the one in Google Camera that helps you get the perfect device alignment
- Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) options.
More new features in LineageOS 20
The LineageOS 20 changelog lists bug fixes and minor improvements for various apps such as LineageOS Updater, AOSP Gallery, Jelly Web Browser and more. The recorder now also offers Material You integration and stereo recording.
Additionally, LineageOS 20 brings you a redesigned volume panel with an intuitive, expandable side panel that lets you adjust alarm and notification volume without having to dive into settings. Even better, the Quick Settings section now has a global light mode to match your device theme, as opposed to Google’s implementation in stock Android.
How to download and install LineageOS 20
Visit the LineageOS website for a list of officially supported LineageOS 20 devices. If you have one of these, all you have to do is select your device to receive the correct download link, along with comprehensive instructions on how to get started with LineageOS 20.
If your device isn’t listed, you’ll need to search popular Android forums like XDA to see if independent developers offer unofficial support for your device.
LineageOS continues to improve
LineageOS 20 is currently officially supported for over 50 devices, including popular choices like the Google Pixel 5 and Samsung Galaxy A72. It is likely that device support will continue to grow as LineageOS progresses, giving more users the ability to install a security-focused open-source operating system.
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