If anyone's wondering what the #alternatives are to Apple's iPhone and Google's Android, here's a couple:
https://lineageos.org/ Lineage OS: A version of Android with Google's services stripped away as far as possible.
@switchingsocial you definitely need to list UBPorts!
It's not very easy to do, but in theory people can install Lineage OS on a number of different Android models. Lineage is like Android but with the Google stuff removed.
(In the real world most people will not be able to do this installation, so they would have to find some kind of expert to help them.)
Fairphone's great, I've had a section on them on https://switching.social for a while 👍
Unfortunately Open OS isn't installed on Fairphone by default. The naming is a bit confusing but Fairphone OS (the default OS) has Google in it, while Fairphone Open OS (the optional OS) doesn't have Google.
You have to download and install Open OS yourself:
@switchingsocial Thanks for clearing that up, I honestly didn't know. I've been eyeing the Fairphones for a while now because Right to Repair is a big thing to me. I had a Sony M4 Aqua a couple years back and its potted construction meant that a loose screen connection ruined the entire thing.
For environmental reasons the tech world really needs some kind of government regulation to make components and support standard. Companies aren't doing it themselves.
Even if it was just standard sized user replaceable batteries together with long term security updates, it would make phones last a lot longer.
@switchingsocial @greatjoe If I got it correctly, if you want to sell Android phones with Google Play Services, you were not allowed to also sell phones with other modified (i.e. "google free") versions of Android. That's why FPOOS needs to be installed manually.
This practice is (partly) what got Google in trouble with the EU: "Google has also blocked phone makers from creating devices that run forked versions of Android"
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