Essential Phone is a company that has a pretty simple story of rising to fame and biting the dust. The company was headed by the co-founder of Android Andy Rubin and had a promising product, indeed (at least on paper).

Surviving through initial hiccups, the Essential Phone PH-1 made its way into the category of one of those devices that receive security and firmware updates on time with Google’s Pixel devices.

Essential Phone

Following its debut in 2017, the device grabbed the Android 10 update on day-one alongside Google Pixel phones. Moreover, it currently runs on Android 10 with February 2020 security patch.

Unfortunately, Essential could not keep up with the advancement and pace of today’s smartphone world and announced its pack-up in February 2020.

Essential Phone shutting down

This also confirmed that no other Essential gadget (or phone for that matter) would see the light of the day and they are done for good. However, those who are still hanging onto their Essential phone can now flash the unofficial LineageOS 17.1.

For naive, the LineageOS custom ROM grants tons of customization, security, and privacy, and developer features that you can tweak on your Android device after installing LineageOS.

Coming back to the LineageOS 17.1 for Essential Phone PH-1, there are no known issues as of now and all the features seem to be working fine. All credits go to XDA member Rybo713 for sharing this guide and ROM.

You can install the custom ROM on your phone by following the guide below:

– Unlocked bootloader
January 2020 Release installed
– Fastboot and ADB set up

LineageOS 17.1 ROM

Flashing Instructions:
1. Make sure you meet the prerequisites before continuing!
2. Flash January 2020 Stock OS
3. Flash or boot into TWRP
4. Factory Reset in TWRP
5. Flash LineageOS 17.1 and the TWRP Installer
6. Reboot back to recovery
7. Flash Magisk (optional)


Asus ROG Phone 2 Android 10 kernel source goes live

As per XDA, the kernel source code along with the Android 10 firmware for the Asus ROG Phone 2 is also now live, giving the license to the developers to develop custom ROMs and mods for the units.

Interested developers can grab the kernel source code as well as the Android 10 firmware file from below:

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