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.

    • True Linux on your phone, control over your own data and your own hardware. A positive, active and helpful community behind it hugovenhorstMar 2018 • 4 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 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's the best free and independent mobile OS out there. MobileMinionMar 2018 • 5 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Privacy, open source, OTA updates, Linux based, user Interface, community, convergence. milkor73Mar 2018 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It respects your privacy by design and has a nice user interface. Guest • Mar 2018 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Fully open source, no Google spyware, community driven Guest • Mar 2018 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • UBports is a great mobile operating system with a vibrant community, a good collection of apps and it does not spy on you.
    • 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 • 3 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 • 2 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 • 2 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 • 2 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 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Ubuntu Touch is the alternative mobile OS that can really be used as a daily driver. It's in active development and supported be a great community. Give it a try! Guest • Mar 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • On the limited number of devices it works on it's much nicer than Android dave1152000Apr 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Open source, with security/privacy in mind, not bloated unlike Android Guest • Apr 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Liberates your phone and puts you in total control peternerlichJul 2018 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 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux

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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...

    • 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 • 11 agrees and 2 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 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees 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 • 1 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 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Android Android Tablet

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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. Not an alternative. someonelastJan 2018 • 6 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Wrong processor architecture, not compatible with andoid devices Guest • Apr 2017 • 4 agrees and 9 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux VirtualBox Self-Hosted VMware Player

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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.

    • 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

    Free Self-Hosted

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  • 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...

    • Discontinued The company Jide decided to discontinue the Remix OS project and to focus efforts on the enterprise space: http://www.jide.com/ At the moment, last version, 3.0.207, released in November 2016, can be still downloaded from the official website.
    • Remix OS is based on Android, but is optimized to also work on desktop computers. It's probably the best desktop OS based on Android. Guest • Mar 2018 Disagree   Agree

    Free Linux Android Android Tablet

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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...

    • 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
    • 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 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • MIUI

    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...

    • 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 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Android

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  • Resurrection Remix OS

    Resurrection Remix ROM is ultimately full featured, stable and combined with the best features of open source roms. We are also providing lot of awesome original...

    Free Open Source Android

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  • CopperheadOS

    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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  • AOKP

    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

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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

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  • iOS

    iOS is a mobile operating system developed by Apple Inc. and distributed exclusively for Apple hardware. It is the operating system that powers iPhone, iPad and iPod...

    • iOS only works on iPhone hardware. Android is an operating system, not a physical device. Looking for alternate OS, not to buy a new phone. Also, `free` tag is grossly incorrect. Guest • May 2017 • 20 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Only works on iPhone. Its nos a replacement to Android. Guest • Oct 2017 • 6 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free iPhone iPad

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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.

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Comment by vazirified
about Android · May 2017 · Helpful Not helpful -8 Helpful Report as spam

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

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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.