Bringing AOSP Android on Samsung smartphone is much harder than other Qualcomm-based development as the OEM does not provide documentation of their chipsets. It’s pretty much hit or a missed game to work on these devices until everything works well. However Galaxy S7 got listed on the official support of LineageOS, and now it’s time for the Galaxy S8, Samsung’s early 2017’s flagship.
XDA Recognized Developer Fevax, who is also maintaining the official LineageOS 14.1 on Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, has released an unofficial build of LineageOS for Galaxy S8. This Alpha-quality LineageOS is the first non-TouchWiz custom ROM for Galaxy S8. That’s quite an achievement: even it does have a couple of known bugs, the majority of essentials – Wifi, Bluetooth, and most sensors are working fine, only a matter of polishing until it’s finally official.
This Alpha build is based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat, and you would require a custom recovery like TWRP to flash the firmware. Just keep in mind, this ROM is only for Exynos model, as the US Galaxy S8 owners of Snapdragon-powered versions are not lucky to have it due to the factory locked bootloader.
As you continue reading below, we will guide you through an entire step-by-step tutorial with all necessary tools (download links are given below, keep reading to grab and install).
If flashing via TWRP Recovery is not a new task for you, this guide would not be much difficult. We have covered entire step-by-step tutorial so that a new user can perform the flash easily.
You can quickly install LineageOS 14.1 Android 7.1.2 Nougat Custom Firmware on Galaxy S8 using the tutorial below!
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This awesome Custom Firmware comes with a lot of cool new features based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat. A quick list of main features is given below, and we hope you would love to use it on your device.
Split-screen works in both portrait and landscape mode, with the two ‘windows’, only being resizable in portrait mode.
Quick switching apps working with split-screen mode
Enjoy simple, high-quality virtual reality
Doze on the Go
Customised Quick Settings
Notification Direct Reply
Vulkan API – the game changer
Customisable Quick Settings
Clear all’ in Overview
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LIKE this Nougat Custom Firmware for Galaxy S8 (dreamlte)? We love it too, and we know you are looking forward to installing it on your phone. Please read the important information below before starting the tutorial.
Galaxy S8 USB Driver
Make sure you have correctly installed Galaxy S8 USB Driver on your computer. If not, please download it from our USB Driver Section below and install it correctly. Otherwise, your computer will not detect your device.
We don’t want you to lose any data, or anything could go wrong unexpectedly. Before starting the tutorial, we strongly recommend you to make a full backup of your phone. If possible, take a full Nandroid Backup via TWRP or you can try out some of the Hand-Picked Android Backup Apps to secure your data quickly.
Samsung users can use Samsung Smart Switch to backup data on the computer. Smart Switch even allows the users to move data from one device to another of different variant (like moving data of Galaxy S7 to Galaxy S8).
Points to Remember
Make sure your phone has at least 80 – 85% charge. If not, please do charge it before starting the experiment.
This tutorial will WIPE OUT all your DATA. Make sure to create a Backup of everything before starting the tutorial.
Make sure your device has TWRP Custom Recovery installed from before. Otherwise, this tutorial will not work!
You need to perform a Dalvik Cache wipe in recovery mode before installing the ROM.
You need to enable USB Debugging mode to connect your Android phone to computer. (Settings > About Phone > Build number > Tap it 7 times to become developer; Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging).
How to Install LineageOS Android 7.1.2 Nougat Custom ROM on Galaxy S8
We have mentioned full step-by-step instructions on How to install LineageOS Android 7.1.2 Nougat Custom ROM on Samsung Galaxy S8. If you are entirely new to rooting, flashing a Custom ROM or an Official Firmware, please read the entire tutorial once before actually performing it on your device.
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