11 Open Source Mobile OS Alternatives To Android in 2020

Android is not the only option for your smartphones. Meet some open-source Linux based Android alternatives for your mobile phone.

It’s no exaggeration to say that open source operating systems rule the world of mobile devices. Android is still an open source project, after all. But, due to the bundle of proprietary software that comes along with Android on consumer devices, many people don’t consider it an open source operating system.

So what are the alternatives to Android? iOS? Maybe, but I am primarily interested in open source alternatives to Android.

I am going to list not one, not two, but several alternative, Linux-based mobile OSes.

Let’s see what open source mobile operating systems are available. Just to mention, the list is not in any hierarchical or chronological order.

1. Plasma Mobile

A few years back, KDE announced its own open source mobile OS, Plasma Mobile. Plasma Mobile is the mobile version of the desktop Plasma user interface, and aims to provide convergence for KDE users.

The OS is in the development phase and can be tested on a few devices, like LG Nexus 5

2. postmarketOS

PostmarketOS (pmOS for short) is a touch-optimized, pre-configured Alpine Linux with its own packages, which can be installed on smartphones.

The idea is to enable a 10-year life cycle for smartphones. You probably already know that, after a few years, Android and iOS stop providing updates for older smartphones. At the same time, you can run Linux on older computers easily. PostmarketOS wants to achieve the same on the mobile platform, by tweaking Linux into a touch-optimized platform.

Don’t get too excited. PostmarketOS is in very early phases of development, and it is most likely that you won’t be able to use it like a regular smartphone yet. However, you may keep an eye on the postmarketOS community edition of the PinePhone. [ … ]

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