CalyxOS News

February Security update

The February Security update is now available for all supported devices.

Changelog:

  • CalyxOS 2.2.0 - Android 11
  • February Security update (2021-02-05)
  • microG: v0.2.17.204714
  • microG: Include Services Framework (GSF)
  • Chromium: 88.0.4324.93
  • Calendar (Etar): 1.0.24
  • Keyboard: Remove non-functional proprietary gesture-typing preference.
  • Aurora Store: Fix installation issues for new installs, to fix your current app kindly re-install the app from F-Droid
  • Updates for all other included apps.

Pixel 2, 2 XL, 3, 3 XL, 3a, 3a XL, 4, 4 XL:

  • Implement Active Edge support - squeeze phone to perform action
  • Configure from Settings -> System -> Gestures -> Active Edge

Security update notes

  • The Pixels 3, 3 XL, 3a, 3a XL, 4, 4 XL, 4a, 5, 4a (5G) contain the full security patch, as they are still being updated by Google.
  • The Pixels 2 and 2 XL are not being updated by Google anymore, so they only contain the fixes to the open source components, such as the OS code and the Linux kernel. Proprietary components such as the bootloader, modem firmware, and other firmware no longer get updates.
  • The Xiaomi Mi A2 is still getting security updates but those are Android 10 and usually released towards the end of the month, whereas CalyxOS is Android 11 and releases the updates right as they're available. This means that the A2 lags behind slightly, by a month or two in getting security updates for proprietary components.

Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) support

The wait is over, we have builds available for the new Pixels!

These builds are Android 11 with the January 2021 Security update, and are fully working.

You can follow these instructions to install.

Note: DO NOT install the Pixel 4a (5G) / bramble build on a Pixel 4a / sunfish (or vice versa).
DeviceLinkSHA256
Pixel 5 / redfin redfin-factory-2021.01.25.15.zip cdbb9f775e9d5de913b8d35ac125e2c564dbf1df2837ca29e2b985387f9ab659
Pixel 4a (5G) / bramble bramble-factory-2021.01.25.15.zip 811e34e8200b980310a5851bf45c75097ae94642f4a20f9fbc16e0be79c440ae

Do let us know if you face any issues or bugs.

New website

Yippie! We have a new website. It is static generated and anyone can contribute through gerrit. See https://gitlab.com/CalyxOS/calyxos.org and https://review.calyxos.org/q/project:CalyxOS/calyxos.org.

In the coming weeks, we will be adding help documentation, tutorials, release change logs, and more. Stay tuned!

Some phones may have stopped updating and need intervention

The April 2020 build of Calyxos (build 2020.04.07.17) did not include the OTA Updater due to a misconfiguration.

This means that it will not update to the May build by itself, you need to follow two quick manual steps:

1) Open F-Droid, pull down to refresh the repositories. After the refresh completes , check the updates list. You’ll see an update for “Seamless Update Client”, install that update.

2) Open the newly updated “Updater” app. It’ll ask you “Let app always run in background?”, please hit allow, and then it will start updating the system