Alternatives to Android for all platforms with any license



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  • Lineage OS icon

    Lineage OS

    A free and open-source operating system for smartphones and tablet computers, based on the Android mobile platform. It is the successor to the highly popular custom ROM...

    Free Open Source Android

    • Lineage is basically stock Android without bloat from Google or device manufacturers. You can usually update to a more modern version of Android than your device natively supports, and you can reinstall any software you still want, so it's a great alternative. Guest • Nov 2017 • 6 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
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    This is a project to port Android open source project to x86 platform, formerly known as "patch hosting for Android x86 support". The original plan is to host...

    Free Open Source Windows Linux VirtualBox VMware Player

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    • Just Android with a different processor architecture. Not an alternative. someonelastJan 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Wrong processor architecture, not compatible with andoid devices Guest • Apr 2017 • 2 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Remix OS icon

    Remix OS

    Remix OS is an innovative Android-based operating system engineered to be equally adept on mobile and desktop devices. Given its lightweight size and system...

    Free Linux Android Android Tablet

    • Discontinued The company Jide decided to discontinue the Remix OS project and to focus efforts on the enterprise space: At the moment, last version, 3.0.207, released in November 2016, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    Sailfish OS

    Mobile-optimized with the flexibility, ubiquity and stability of the Linux core and a cutting edge user experience built with the renowned Qt™ platform.

    Free Open Source Self-Hosted

    • A very promising and fresh look at the mobile interface. Compatible with Android apps but far more innovative in terms of how you interact with your phone. JohnFastmanDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • MIUI icon


    MIUI is a stock and aftermarket firmware for smartphones and tablet computers based on Android. MIUI, developed by Xiaomi, includes various features such as theming...

    Free Android

    • Its quick, smooth and its functionality is intuitive. Easy to negotiate, fast to respond and it doesn't leave you hanging which indicates its software has kept the bugs out of its firmware. Guest • Sep 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • Plasma Mobile icon

    Plasma Mobile

    Plasma Mobile turns your phone into a fully open hacking device, just like a PC. You can join us to start building new mobile experiences now. Key features: Libre...

    Free Open Source Linux

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    • New mobile operating system running full GNU/Linux. Has a similar interface paradigm to Android (widgets etc) making it easy to adjust to. Only negative is the current lack of mobile applications. However, it has a large selection of desktop applications. Using this OS with a stylus should circumvent this issue. Guest • Oct 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • It has a full-featured GNU/Linux as base and so you can do everything what you are used to from your desktop GNU/Linux system. Also, there's a great and growing community around it which develops the system and helps you with your problems. Even you can get involved and make your own ideas about a great mobile operating system become true! Furthermore, Plasma Mobile is not data and money first, but fully respects the user's privacy and freedom. Guest • Feb 2018 Disagree   Agree
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    Windows 10 Mobile

    Windows 10 Mobile is a mobile operating system developed by Microsoft. Some features include : Live Tiles, Kid's Corner, Photos + SkyDrive, Rooms. It also allows you...

    Commercial Windows Phone

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    • Discontinued In October 2017, it was revealed that Microsoft had discontinued active development of Windows 10 Mobile due to its low market share and the lack of third-party development for the platform, and that the operating system will only receive patches and maintenance releases going forward.
    • Dreadful proprietary lockin means Windows Phone doesn't offer anywhere near the same number of apps or user freedom as do Android or CyanogenMod. Hard to find a reason to go for Windows Phone, easy to find reasons to leave. JohnFastmanDec 2016 • 6 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Efficient, reliable, does what you need it to do. tylerkellyApr 2017 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Only works on Windows hardware. Its not a replacement to Android. Looking for alternate OS ? Doent this. Guest • Oct 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • AOKP icon


    AOKP stands for Android Open Kang Project. It is a custom ROM distribution for many Android devices. It is mostly based off of AOSP.

    Free Open Source Android Android Tablet

  • CopperheadOS icon


    A hardened open-source operating system based on Android with PaX, OpenBSD malloc and much other privacy/security features.

    Free Open Source Android

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    Slim ROM

    Slim ROM is super-lightweight Android ROM for Samsung Galaxy phones, that's aimed at advanced users. Slim is designed to trim the fat down to the bare essentials and...

    Free Android

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    Paranoid Android

    Paranoid Android provides a unique experience and ultimate customization for your Android device. Paranoid Android is a custom ROM aiming to extend the system...

    Free Open Source Android Android Tablet

Android Comments

better than Windows

Comment by alanwong
about Android and Windows 8 · Nov 2016 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

i used the windows phone for few days and then realized how good android was. android gives me a better user experience and has better animations, graphics and supports more apps. android gets regular updates too. 10/10 for android.

Comment by vazirified
about Android · May 2017 · Helpful Not helpful -5 Helpful Report as spam

Name one negative point in comparison to other mobile OSs and I'll turn!

Android is bundled with Google apps that I don't use. I don't use anything google. For this I will never buy Android.

Just unistall google apps. BTW Android is open source unlike iOS and you can customize it anyway you like, there are Android distros that are made for you that are made not to spy on you and use anything made by google. There are tutorials online on how to install on your Android phone.

Regardless the stock Android comes chalk full with software that just take processing power. I have spent days trying to disable all the hidden features Android has and they always release new features which I must unsubscribe to. Im getting quite sick of Android .

I like how cheap it is but to be honest I'd rather root it uninstall all the crap or just like you said install a different android distro .

Great ecosystem toxic operating system.