Any chance RW might evemtually support Lineage OS (or other mobile distro) and allow a google-free phone experience?
No. As far as I understand, the tech R.W. uses requires Google Pay Services.
Custom roms are a huge gamble. Even raw AOSP is to bare bones to do what R.W. does.
Republic’s app validates the firmware build present on the phone. If said firmware build is not on Republic’s list, the app will refuse to activate the phone.
Also, R.W is not geared towards super techy advanced users that mess with custom ROMs.
U ask the average customer what “lineage OS” is and they would have no idea.
There is this thread already on the topic: