Alternatives to Android for all platforms with any license

  • Ubuntu Touch

    Ubuntu Touch is the Ubuntu operating system for mobile phones originally created by Canonical and now developed by the UBports Community.

    • It's free doesn't track anything, beautiful, with an awesome community that helps you out of Nealy every problem or question. tobischimpfJul 2019 • 5 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's a very good OS! Stable, pretty and fast. RemovedUserJul 2019 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • A free world with tons of Customization, High end security, Bleeding edge innovation and intuitive simplicity under the hood. mela9inekiddoJul 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's not "data hungry", you got full control over your data. It also has a very easy to understand and usable user interface. Guest • Jul 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Ut is open source, It has a great community behind it, you can participate in its community, it's a different operating system, protecting your privacy, you can install desktop and android apps if you want, anbox is a little green but evolving, Guest • Jul 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It doesn't track you and doesn't sell your data to Google mkg20001Jun 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Clean interface, terminal app, great file manager, Linux in your pocket. UBports has breathed new life into the project. Guest • Jun 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Because it is free and and easy to use BUT for the stability I would give sold Two out of Ten; 2/10 for stability. Guest • Jun 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Limited in devices, there are very few devices availables and they have no plan to make it bigger. It's a dead project with no future. Guest • Mar 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • True Linux on your phone, control over your own data and your own hardware. A positive, active and helpful community behind it hugovenhorstMar 2018 • 10 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Free, no tracking, no advertisement, nice GUI and user friendly. airmjrNov 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • Ubuntu touch is a completely free and open-source alternative mobile operating system. It is developed by a community of enthusiastic people from all over the world. Being a true community project without any commercial pressure, it is a true alternative to commercially developed platforms. Guest • Nov 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • It respects your privacy by design and has a nice user interface. Guest • Mar 2018 • 5 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • You are not controlled anymore by Google but you will be able to install Android apps thanks to Anbox. In addition Ubuntu Touch is convergent and it can offer a desktop experience. Mymike00Mar 2018 • 5 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Privacy, open source, OTA updates, Linux based, user Interface, community, convergence. milkor73Mar 2018 • 5 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Fully open source, no Google spyware, community driven Guest • Mar 2018 • 8 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's Linux. You'll have privacy. The apps ecosystem is a freedom ecosystem. The convergence project enviroment looks like the better choice since the interface is very adaptative. josuegutMar 2018 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Ubuntu Touch is not vendor locked, e.g. updates come from UBports, not from your hardware manufacturer. When you want to change something in the apps, just contact the community. MondaneJul 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Community controlled and developed, intuitive gesture UI, full GNU/Linux distribution, can run desktop and command-line Linux applications as well as having a viable native app ecosystem. Guest • Mar 2018 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Good low cost hardware readily available. Beautiful and elegant OS that handles all the tasks you need without selling out your personal data. tomoqvMar 2018 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • The code is open so there is no ambiguity about what happens on your phone with your data. Of all the truly open source phone OS' (Google's Android phones are just partly open source), I find Ubuntu Touch the most thoughtfully designed OS. The UBPorts community is standing by to help you out with anything Ubuntu Touch related. matv1Mar 2018 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • This a mostly Free Software (except some drivers and blobs needed to support hardware) GNU/Linux operating system distribution, based on Ubuntu, that provides user interface convergence. This is the best possible approach to mobile computing! Guest • Mar 2018 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • On the limited number of devices it works on it's much nicer than Android dave1152000Apr 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Open source, with security/privacy in mind, not bloated unlike Android Guest • Apr 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • /e/

    /e/ is a fork of LineageOS that aims to be completely free of everything Google. Not only that, but there are a number of goals the developer has in mind for /e/ that...

    • it's focused on security and privacy Guest • Dec 2019 • 10 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It has privacy and being de-Googled as it's main goal. HendrikJanFeb 2020 • 7 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Supports most Android apps and it's more lightweight than full Android. Respects your privacy. Guest • Aug 2019 • 10 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • To me, the most important aspects of /e/ is its privacy focus, but also important is that you still get a similar user experience thanks to its great integration with Nextcloud. The integration brings to you excellent file, calendar and contact synchronization features. Guest • Feb 2020 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • /e/ delivery a very similar user experience to 'normal' Android, but it is not leaking user data to Google. So in a way it is the 'better' Android. Guest • Mar 2020 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is a real and usable open source version of Google's Android environment, that is complete and easy to use. Also for non-technical people. It empowers anyone to regain power over their own privacy. Tiger3000Feb 2020 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is privacy friendly, runs Android apps, and is easy to use. Guest • Feb 2020 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • As easy and user-friendly as Google's Android, but respectful of the user's privacy. Gives users the choice of installing apps that don't respect the privacy, should the user wish so (e.g. when there is no alternative app). Guest • Feb 2020 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • - Google free - Privacy and security - Fast - Full access to Android apps Guest • Mar 2020 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • I don't have to 'pay' for it with my user data yotivi2170Mar 2020 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • /e/OS continues to support devices dropped by LineageOS Guest • Feb 2020 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Still not available for Galaxy S5 nor Galaxy S8, even it being based on LineageOS. Guest • Jul 2019 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Light and very efficient OS on many supported devices. The devs do an amazing job and work a lot to make the installation easy. Guest • Mar 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Ungoogled, respects privacy, fast, anything I need on board, sells preinstalled phones, very helpfull community - /e/ combines all I ever wished for! Guest • Mar 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • /e/ is the best alternative when it comes to privacy given all their efforts to ungoogle the OS. Most apps can still be installed fairly easily, but getting your banking apps requires a bit more effort. However there's a good community ready to offer assistance hammershrkMar 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Light and clean Android version without bloatware and a clear focus on user privacy. Just feel like android just work like Android, but with some unique privacy features. Just go for it. I love it. pu51dy4fr18Mar 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Works perfectly, very smooth user experience. When installed, even accessible to very non-tech persons. Guest • Feb 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • It's based on LineageOS and it uses all the work done from LineageOS and didn't give the credits for it. /e/ does not produce anything, but steals other's work. Guest • Mar 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Because everything is integrated, and they didn't left any piece of Google in the experience. Even the default search engine is not Google. Guest • Feb 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Runs already on 50+ smartphones, offers loads of open source apps by default to replace Gmail, Maps and others that are working really well. Features a single sign on to sync mail and data on the cloud and can even be self hosted. Guest • Mar 2019 • 5 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • LineageOS

    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...

    • It is personnalizable. I aggree that there's ubuntu touch, but for those who really want an android interface, this is the best choice. It is a fork from Cyanogenmod, which even if shutted down, still had proven it reliability... Guest • Mar 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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 • 15 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Just the basics. Run it with f-droid and no google apps! Guest • Mar 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Lineage OS is the best custom ROM if you don't like the original heavily skinned Android that was provided by the OEM. It is very close to stock ROM with lots of little meaningful tweaks available. bharathseMar 2018 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Some resources of LineageOS are still Google ressources, but the FLOSS process is on the go. As GoogleMaps is switching to commercial these days, Android could become commercial with fees also. Free Software alternatives are required to prevent such enclosures. Guest • May 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • nice features, big community, many motivated developers, patches for very old devices (at least 10 years in some cases) Guest • Mar 2018 • 5 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Android Android Tablet

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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.

    • It is a good alternative to Android but has SIGNIFICANTLY lower number of apps versus android. Guest • Jun 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • nice and pretty ui, a focus on privacy and even android app support if you buy sailfish x Guest • May 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • 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 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Self-Hosted

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  • Android-x86

    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...

    • Just Android with a different processor architecture. someonelastJan 2018 • 12 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • is for computers, not tablets/phones Guest • Jun 2017 • 7 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Wrong processor architecture, not compatible with andoid devices Guest • Apr 2017 • 8 agrees and 11 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux VirtualBox Self-Hosted VMware Player

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  • 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...

    • It's an alternative, though it still very dated on appearance and pretty limited. Guest • Jun 2019 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • it's not quite there yet, but i'm sure in a few years it'll be a very viable alternative to android Guest • Jun 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • Even though it's still in its early stages, it's a good mobile GNU/Linux experience with a great KDE user interface. Guest • Mar 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees 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 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • MEmu

    MEmu is a brand new Android emulator that brings fun of the Android experience to all Microsoft Windows devices.

    Free Windows

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better than Windows

Comment by alanwong
about Android and Windows 8 · Nov 2016 · Helpful Not helpful 3 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 -9 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.