Do you have to wait until 2020 to get a GNU/Linux Phone? Are you waiting on the Librem 5 or the Pinephone. I am. But in the meantime, I can show you a Linux phone here. This is a flashed Android (Oneplus One) from circa 2014 and I paid $60 for it. See the demonstration.
If your purpose for the GNU/Linux phone is to exceed the performance of an iPhone or new Android, then this video will not do it for you. Stick to the faster iPhone. My purpose here was to offer a privacy friendly alternative to the spy devices of Apple and Google. We understand that this will have repurcussions and limitations.
Are the specs of this phone very far behind a Librem 5? Are there compatibility issues with other versions of Linux Desktop environments? Are there firmware issues that will still haunt us? These will be answered in a future video.
I will also show a tutorial of how to install UBports Ubuntu Touch on the Oneplus One phone used in this demo in another video coming soon (subscribe so you don’t miss it!).
WARNING: Do not install UBPorts until I publish the video because you will waste so much time. The instructions are unclear, and there’s a bug on the Installer which I can fix. Installation is possible only using a Linux (preferred), Windows 10, or Mac computer with a USB cable.
A Oneplus One uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-AC Quadcore, 2.5GHz, Krait 400. How does this compare to the specs of a Librem 5 running an i.MX8M Quadcore 1.5Ghz? The specs between the old phone and the new are awfully close, including the camera.
There are many more topics to be discussed here about Linux phones. But at least having a Linux phone in hand and seeing it in action is better than any theory. I want to see the practicality and problems first hand.
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