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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 many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Android are Plasma Mobile, Android-x86, postmarketOS and Genymotion.

Android alternatives are mainly Operating Systems but may also be Mobile OSs or Android ROMs. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Android.
This page was last updated May 10, 2022
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Android
  • Android Tablet
  • Android Wear

Android is an operating system for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers.

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  1. Ubuntu Touch is a mobile version of the Ubuntu operating system for mobile devices. It is adapted to run naturally in a mobile, touch-screen environment but is also capable of functioning as a desktop computer while in "desktop mode".

    Ubuntu Touch vs Android opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Ubuntu Touch is a great alternative to Android.
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    Fully open source, no Google spyware, community driven

    Top positive comment  over 4 years ago
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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  over 4 years ago
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    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 2 years ago
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    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 2 years ago
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    airmjr

    Free, no tracking, no advertisement, nice GUI and user friendly.

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    thilovv

    A joy to use, growing, foss.

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    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.

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  2. Plasma Mobile

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • KDE
    • Linux 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.

    Plasma Mobile vs Android opinions
    Most users think Plasma Mobile is a great alternative to Android.

    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 4 years ago
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    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.

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    It's an alternative, though it still very dated on appearance and pretty limited.

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

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  3. Android-x86

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • VirtualBox
    • Self-Hosted
    • VMware Workstation
    • VMware Player

    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 different patches for Android x86 support from open source community.

    Android-x86 vs Android opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Android-x86 is still a legitimate alternative to Android, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    It's android for your pc.

    Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago
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    someonelast

    Just Android with a different processor architecture.

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    This is more of an alternative to Windows or macOS...

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    is for computers, not tablets/phones

    Negative comment about 5 years ago
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    Wrong processor architecture, not compatible with andoid devices

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  4. postmarketOS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Linux Mobile

    postmarketOS (pmOS), is a touch-optimized, pre-configured Alpine Linux that can be installed on smartphones and other mobile devices. The project is at very early stages of development and is not usable for most users yet.

    postmarketOS vs Android opinions
    Almost everyone thinks postmarketOS is a great alternative to Android.

    It aims to replace Android on devices not supported by the device manufacturer any more.

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  5. Genymotion

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android Studio
    • Eclipse

    Genymotion is an Android emulator for building and testing great Android apps. It’s fast, simple and powerful.



  6. WayDroid

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Linux Mobile

    Waydroid uses Linux namespaces (user, pid, uts, net, mount, ipc) to run a full Android system in a container and provide Android applications on any GNU/Linux-based platform.

  7. Phoenix OS

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Android Tablet

    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 computer and other large-screen devices.

    Bundleware

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

    Phoenix OS vs Android opinions
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    Wrong processor architecture

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  8. PureOS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Linux Mobile

    An operating system that respects your rights to privacy, security, and freedom, by design.

  9. Remix OS

    • FreeProprietary
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Android Tablet

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

    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 vs Android opinions
    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.

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  10. Tizen OS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Linux Mobile

    Tizen is an open source mobile and device operating system based on Linux developed by Samsung and Intel.

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