If you want to experiment with your smartphone, the first custom ROM for the Pixel 5a is now available. The Pixel 5a is already running the cleanest version of Android 11, and Android 12 is on the way.
Custom ROMs based on Android 11 have been available for a while, but with the debut of the Pixel 5a with 5G just a few weeks ago, additional customization possibilities have been accessible — at least unofficially.
The Pixel 5a has been unofficially converted to LineageOS and shared on the XDA Forums. On the plus side, maintainer aleasto is already working on official LineageOS versions for the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5. This is encouraging in terms of stability and update consistency, but keep in mind that this is unofficial and has not been evaluated by the LineageOS team.
A LineageOS recovery image is now available to assist speed up or simplify the installation of this custom ROM for Pixel 5a devices. It also comes with the most recent firmware, so you won’t have to update it before installing it. The instruction is nearly identical to the LineageOS Wiki for the Pixel 5 (redfin), as it was for prior Pixel devices.
So yet, just one notable bug has been discovered. When using Night Option or the long exposure Astrophotography mode, the Google Camera app can crash. Installing a magisk module to prevent the problem from recurring is the answer. When you consider how quickly this custom ROM for the Pixel 5a was put together, that’s not terrible.
Given that the Pixel 5a with 5G is only available in limited quantities in the United States and Japan, this is definitely welcome news for those who enjoy running custom Android builds. It’s also worth mentioning that if you install it, you won’t be able to get the Android 12 update on your Pixel 5a if you’re running a custom ROM.