Or you cand just root your phone without unlocking the bootloader. I did it on my Sony. You can't flash different ROMs, but you can debloat the hell out of the stock one.
It's also possible to install recovery with locked bootloader, but the process is a bit difficult. It's called dual recovery.
Just DON'T install xposed framework with LOCKED bootloader. I've kill one phone like that..
Toast Mortem, 13 Jun 2017This is certainly one of the most inane reasons to use a ROM for.
Normally you would use a ... moreYou are right that various custom ROMs aren't trustworthy (though it's pure speculation, while stock software officially contains backdoors and spyware). For this reason I build AOSP directly from the source code.
As to government, yes, you'll hardly be able to hide anything from them if they are interested in you personally. The point of security and privacy measures is to keep your sensitive data from mass surveillance and commercial exploitation.
Anonymous, 13 Jun 2017> a smartphone with an unlocked bootloader is risky
Stock firmwares contain a backdoor b... moreThis is certainly one of the most inane reasons to use a ROM for.
Normally you would use a ROM to gain features and functionality you wouldn't normally see on stock firmware. If you want security and privacy, you'd never EVER want to use a ROM because the actual backdoors could be sneakily implemented into the system by some unknown developer, since ROMs are more prone to malicious hijacks due to the generally open nature of their development.
If you want to focus on security and privacy, you don't apply solutions from nameless developers. You go stock and official with OEM software, period.
If anything you gotta accept the fact that the biggest Android backdoor is Android itself, with plenty of ways for all kinds of government agencies to read your phone's data, and not a single ROM will ever let you escape from that.
this phone legit looks like that shinny flip SE phone the one that was available in blue, pink and black, it even has the same color as that one, SE Z610i
> a smartphone with an unlocked bootloader is risky
Stock firmwares contain a backdoor by Google (and often another one by vendor) and spyware (collecting data about you is the foundation of Google's business).
So I prefer custom ROMs (without Google services of course) exactly due to security and privacy reasons.