Is there a real alternative to Android?

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Ubuntu, Sailfish and Plasma Phone want to be alternatives for Android. We looked at the projects more closely and looked at their current development. It turns out that they all lack the certain something.

What became from Ubuntu Touch?

For years, you have heard little of Ubuntu Phone. But Canonical, the company behind the Linux distribution, has a strong hardware partner with BQ in Spain. Tablets and smartphones are delivered with Ubuntu Touch, shown at trade fairs like the Mobile World Congress and then sold.

Ubuntu also has fans outside the Spanish smartphone forge. Users have made the open system for the OnePlus One, Nexus 5 or Fair phone 2 workable. There are quite a few other Ubuntu for Android smartphones. Unfortunately, many of them are already orphaned, so they do not receive updates and patches.

Apps are theoretically from the Ubuntu Store. Telegram and Twitter provide important clients. The rest is submitted on a web-based basis. In addition, it should make it easier to make desktop applications fit for Ubuntu Touch. From this, however, little has been done so far.

Sailfish

Sailfish we had only tried in May and colleague Luis has been quite enthusiastic. Sailfish solves the app problem by opening APK files from Android. This has unfortunately not worked in our test and turned out to be a hack.

Jolla, the company behind Sailfish, also offers its own hardware. The software is maintained and further developed by an active open-source community. The Jolla Harbor serves app developers as a starting point to either "bring their Android apps or their dedicated Sailfish apps" safely into the port "and then bring them to the customer and then monitor them there again. This makes Jolla as professional as Google with the Play Store.
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Without real supply of new test images, the threshold for newcomers or just curious ones will be too high to try Sailfish. Instead, the system is limited to a few devices and its own smartphone. The latter is, after all, successful in the home country of Finland.

Plasma Mobile

Plasma Mobile makes a really interesting impression. For a few minutes it was also used on our editorial Nexus 5X. Unfortunately, we had to cancel the first test because of massive display and stability problems.

Plasma is borrowed from the KDE surface of the same name and is supposed to test on the Nexus 5 and 5X, but the test had not prepared the nexus nexus. The installation did not succeed quite successfully, although the installation by Linux-PC was now easier thanks to Git. Display errors changed with bootloops.

Plasma writes the same virtues on the flag as many previous Android alternatives: Open for apps by third party, free, privacy-friendly, transparent. The community is active and helps with acute problems when it can.


Conclusion

So the developers do not really crash. But they are not discouraged either. The only success story writes Jolla with Sailfish OS, which has not only fans in Finland, but apparently also resources and has gained more. But as Android alternatives one can not understand any of the above approaches. Above all, the volume of supported devices and apps makes the original Android alternative.

A withdrawal would take place only if one of the above mentioned systems offers something Android does not have from each user's point of view. Ubuntu Phone wanted to offer with the Edge a system, with which the smartphone becomes a PC replacement, by connecting it to monitor, mouse and keyboard. But unfortunately, no more than an Epic Fail. As long as approaches like this are missing, there is also no incentive to replace an already quite open system like Android by another.

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