Android Alternatives for Linux

    Android is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Ubuntu Touch, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Android and 16 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Android are Plasma Mobile (Free, Open Source), Android-x86 (Free, Open Source), Phoenix OS (Free) and Genymotion (Free Personal).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Apr 7, 2021

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    • Android Tablet
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    • Chrome OS
    • iPad
    • VirtualBox
    • Online
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    • Apple Watch
    • Android-x86
    • Android Wear
    • Android Studio
    • Eclipse
    • Kindle Fire
    • Fire TV
    • VMware Player

    Features

    • Operating system
    • Mobile OS
    • Custom-ROM
    • Privacy focused
    • Security focused
    • Root required
    • Linux-based
    • OTA Updates
    • Customizable
    • Lightweight
    • Linux
    • Privacy protection
    • Integrated Android Emulator
    • Based on Debian
    • Google integration
    • Booting from USB
    • Community based
    • Portable Linux
    • Based on Ubuntu
    • Ungoogled

    License

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    • Ubuntu Touch is the Ubuntu operating system for mobile phones originally created by Canonical and now developed by the UBports Community. View 38 alternatives to Ubuntu Touch
      Almost everyone thinks Ubuntu Touch is a great alternative to Android.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      Ubuntu Touch vs Android
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      hugovenhorst True Linux on your phone, control over your own data and your own hardware. A positive, active and helpful community behind it
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

      9
      mela9inekiddo A free world with tons of Customization, High end security, Bleeding edge innovation and intuitive simplicity under the hood.
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

      4
      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.
      Top negative comment  over 1 year ago

      -3
      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.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      0
      airmjr Free, no tracking, no advertisement, nice GUI and user friendly.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      0
      thilovv A joy to use, growing, foss.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      0
      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.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      0
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      7 of 27 comments
    • 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. View 40 alternatives to Plasma Mobile
      Most users think Plasma Mobile is a great alternative to Android.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      Plasma Mobile vs Android
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      2
      Even though it's still in its early stages, it's a good mobile GNU/Linux experience with a great KDE user interface.
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

      2
      It's an alternative, though it still very dated on appearance and pretty limited.
      Top negative comment  about 2 years ago

      3
      it's not quite there yet, but i'm sure in a few years it'll be a very viable alternative to android
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      0
      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.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      2


    • This is a project to port Android open source project to x86 platform, formerly known as "patch hosting for Android x86 support". View 31 alternatives to Android-x86
      This alternative is disputed. Android-x86 is still a legitimate alternative to Android, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • VirtualBox
      • Self-Hosted
      • VMware Workstation
      • VMware Player
      Android-x86 vs Android
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It's android for your pc.
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

      0
      someonelast Just Android with a different processor architecture.
      Top negative comment  over 3 years ago

      14
      This is more of an alternative to Windows or macOS...
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

      0
      is for computers, not tablets/phones
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

      8
      Wrong processor architecture, not compatible with andoid devices
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

      -5
    • Phoenix OS is a personal computer operating system which is further researched and developed based on the Android platform, mainly orients to smart tablet, laptop, desktop... View 24 alternatives to Phoenix OS

      Bundleware

      It comes pre-installed with a set of Chinese apps, and displays ads upon launching any application.

      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • Android Tablet
      Phoenix OS vs Android
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Wrong processor architecture
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

      0
    • Genymotion is an Android emulator for building and testing great Android apps. It’s fast, simple and powerful. View 20 alternatives to Genymotion
      • Free PersonalProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android Studio
      • Eclipse


    • postmarketOS (pmOS), is a touch-optimized, pre-configured Alpine Linux that can be installed on smartphones and other mobile devices. View 35 alternatives to postmarketOS
      Almost everyone thinks postmarketOS is a great alternative to Android.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • Android
      postmarketOS vs Android
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It aims to replace Android on devices not supported by the device manufacturer any more.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      0
    • Remix OS is an innovative Android-based operating system engineered to be equally adept on mobile and desktop devices. View 60 alternatives to Remix OS

      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.

      • FreeProprietary
      • Linux
      • Android
      • Android Tablet
      Remix OS vs Android
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      0
    • An operating system that respects your rights to privacy, security, and freedom, by design. View 61 alternatives to PureOS
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
    • Tizen is an open source mobile and device operating system based on Linux developed by Samsung and Intel. View 66 alternatives to Tizen OS
    • Mobian is an open-source project aimed at bringing Debian GNU/Linux to mobile devices. View 37 alternatives to Mobian
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
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