The Samsung Galaxy S8 has been loved for its hardware and hated for its software for a very long time now. This changes now as LineageOS 14.1, based on top of Android Nougat 7.1.1, has finally been released for these devices. However, there are two catches. The first one is that it's unofficial which means that it may not have the same liquid smooth performance as an official build would, and the second one is that it only works on the Exynos variant of the Galaxy S8.

This is a little unfortunate but expected. The Snapdragon variants of the S8 have been noted to be incredibly hard to hack and unlock the bootloader in, or even root! However, Exynos users have a good reason to be happy.

Do note that the build is not yt suitable for a daily driver. The "not working" list includes, but is not limited to:

  • RIL (calls, SMS, microphone, data). Works only on first boot
  • NFC
  • Camera
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Torch
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot

The "working" list includes:

  • Audio
  • Bootanimation
  • Brightness Level
  • Bluetooth
  • Microphone
  • MTP
  • Wi-Fi
  • LED
  • All sensors except fingerprint reader
  • SD Card
  • Capacitive buttons

Of course, specific software features will not work as they are not present in the AOSP based ROM and are limited to TouchWiz, however, as this is an unofficial build, the developer may consider adding them after the ROM reaches the stable mark.

What do you think? Do you own an Exynos-powered S8? Let us know in the comments below!

via xda-developers