Google (Nexus, Pixel) and Oneplus are extremely custom rom friendly in terms of unlocking boot loader. You don’t have to contact to the smartphone manufacturer to do that, JUST DO IT WITHOUT ANY INTERACTION with your Vendor (or Authorization form the manufacturer) YES This IS YOUR PHONE.
Niel, Secure boot is an excellent example, I have related this topic with UEFI /recureboot at mailing list. but nobody shows the interest (or do not understand the implication)
Back to my topic.
a) Android OEM should extend software support life (legislation, OEM effort) group A
b) Android OEM should offer boot loader unlock option (community) group B
People (environmental group, including Restart Project, Academics etc) are ignorant about the solution B, and pushing the solution A only and the tech Geek hobbyist enjoy the solution B without understanding the environmental benefit . This is the situation. We really have to make efforts to bridge group A and group B.
You (group A) don’t have to learn how to install custom rom by yourself, ask millions of custom rom users (group B) to do that for you, group A people need to have your own hands on experiences with your newly reborn device with the latest custom rom as the Group B people have been enjoyed. This also help to push the solution A. AS YOU FULLY UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF SOFTWARE PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE, as your own actual experience
People (group A) would start to think "I am not sure about custom rom but I want to keep the option to install the community developed the latest operation system in the future". In this way, the perception would change, it is too silly not to use the solution B in order to pursue the solution A. I want to see the both solutions, and I cannot wait for another years to see the solution A as so many mobile have been dumped just now.
I am not happy to hear the cliche " iPhone is better than Pixel (Android) " commented by Prof Ross Anderson, Ugo et al, not because I don’t appreciate Apple great software support, but because YOU SIMPLY ACCEPT THE CURRENT SYSTEM, WE HAVE NO ALTERNATIVE, YOU SHOULD FOLLOW THE RULE THEY CREATED. WE ARE TOO POWERLESS TO USE THEIR SOLUTIONS.
Also they are saying iPhone £1000 with 5 years (without apple care, no so easy battery replacement ) is better than Google Pixel £800 with 3 years ! Is this a just rich people middle class green consumerism ? Academics can claim their top end devices as an expense, but don’t forget we are also dealing with people who don’t have a credit card at Restart parties.
As Robin has been using Nexus 5 with Lineage OS since last Christmas with my sacrifice of my Restart Christmas Party evening. I sent Robin to the real review of Nexus 5 as below.
He quickly replied to me with an investment (!) for his brand new 2013 phone !
Brilliant! You gave me superb advice. It’s all dolled-up with smart new black battery cover from California (for some reason) about £2 and tempered glass screen cover about the same price. Spares on eBay cheap - on/off switch under £2, shell under £7. It’s 100% usable and great fun. Sincere thanks again. R
I really do hope some of you actually start to experience the solution b (even to promote the solution b) I know a couple of Restarters have been use the Custom Rom for their daily driver, I believe that they are more than happy to assist you.