A big point any alternative Android I have seen lacks, is a comprehensive backup solution comparable to the iPhone-way of backing up on one device -> restoring on another device => everything gets transferred.
So what I’ve done until now was TWRP and oandbackup (and file synchronization). TWRP is comprehensive (except for data on the internal and external storage), but device specific. And oandbackup only works for some apps and doesn’t cover the rest of the apps, most settings,… So even both together are far from ideal and both of them are not available with a locked bootloader.
Now I have set up my FP3 following the tutorial (and locked the bootloader) and I have transferred some of my stuff from my S5 (LineageOS with microG), but halfway through, I realized that even none of my far from ideal backup process is available that way.
So I’m trying to make up my mind regarding two things now:
- Even with my TWRP + oandbackup backup process I don’t feel prepared for a device failure or theft. So I can’t imagine using the FP3 even without that. Is there any reasonable alternative to produce backups on a device with a locked bootloader? How do you do it? Or is there no way around unlocking the bootloader until something better comes up?
- Isn’t it one of the most important features for /e/ then to come up with a comprehensive backup solution that works with locked bootloaders? One promising suggestion I have found is this one, which looks a lot like a better version of oandbackup:
How realistic is an implementation of this? Are there alternative plans?
To me, /e/ is the most promising open smartphone OS project that I came across in the last 5 years or more so thank you very much!