So, as of November 2018 Google has end-of-lifed Android updates for my device.
Although my device is a few years old, it’s still better than lots of new devices being sold today. It’s a shame to lose security updates and new features for this phone. In the interests of staying current, I switched to a custom ROM (LineageOS), which has daily builds available off of the Android Open Source Project. It was going well until I installed the Republic app and discovered that it actively aborts setup, complaining that I need to update to the latest version of Android.
This technically is the latest version of Android, it’s a later version than the end-of-lifed official Android. It’s just not called Android.
This has been discussed previously, LineageOS and Republic Wireless but I’d like to +1 complaining about it, because this still sucks.
I understand Republic may not want to add the peculiarities and idiosyncrancies of every custom ROM on the market to their tech support team’s knowledge base. I fully expect to be told to pound sand if LineageOS doesn’t work on Republic due to some configuration problem, but to have the Republic app bomb out setup because it detected that I’m not running the official Android is a whole 'nother matter. Why do this? What’s the harm?
My Republic using family has three of these phones. Having to either live with Android circa 2018 forever or throw them away to continue to use Republic is pretty lame.
Could Republic reconsider this decision? It looks like Google’s Project Fi allows their customers to run custom ROMs so it’s a little peculiar that Republic forbids their customers from doing the same.