Given the news about Google blocking Huawei from Android updates and whatnot, if the United States continues to block international companies from using software made in the U.S., that’s going to cause some major problems. I see a lot of people on the internet looking for alternative smartphones, software, and operating systems that will keep them free from U.S. based regulations such as what’s happening with Google, Qualcomm, Intel, and Huawei right now. Here’s a quick list of some products and projects that you can keep an eye on or start supporting if you are concerned for your technological freedom.
This is a Linux Gnome 3 Debian “PureOS” based smartphone currently in development. It’s being designed with as much open-source audit-able software and hardware as possible. The intent with this device is to give you full control over your privacy. It’s not available yet, but the company behind it (Purism) also has some laptops and services that are very privacy focused.
This project is basically an open-source version of Android with all of the Google services removed and replaced with more privacy-friendly alternatives. It’s an OS ROM forked from Lineage OS. You can read a lot more about /E/Solutions at Hackernoon.com. They are actively seeking hardware partners to sell smartphones with their forked version of Android pre-installed. If you have one of the supported phones, you can download the beta OS now and try it out.
Lineage OS is another privacy-centric fork of Google’s Android without all of the Google services. You can download Lineage OS builds right now and their list of supported devices is pretty good.
PostmarketOS is based on Alpine Linux and not only works on certain smartphones, but also some Android tablets and even the Amazon Fire TV. Here’s a list of devices that are supported by postmarketOS. It’s currently only suitable for developers and hackers since important things like phone calls don’t work yet.
This isn’t an operating system in itself, but a user interface shell based on Linux technology that’s mean to run on top of another Linux installation. This is what PostmarketOS above uses, so that’s another project to keep your eye on or help contribute to.
This is another Linux-based mobile operating system and this one is based on the popular Ubuntu distribution. The list of devices currently working with Ubuntu Touch is not very long though.
Remember Meego from Nokia and Intel? Jolla’s Sailfish is a derivative of that. It’s not completely free and open source, but it is another alternative operating system that you can try. Currently, the Sony Xperia XA2, Xperia X, and Gemina PDA are getting preferred treatment from the latest Sailfish operating system builds. It actually supports running some Android apps, too!
Alternative Android app stores
Getting an open-source operating system running on your current phone might be pretty difficult since you’ll probably have to unlock the bootloader and all that. If your Google Play services start getting shut off in your country, there are a few open-source app stores and repositories you can use to make things easier.
F-Droid is basically an app catalog of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). These are the kinds of programs you’re going to want to try to use since they’re generally able to withstand legal shut-downs, server blockages, and even developer-company shut-downs.
This one is similar to F-Droid in the free and open source software sense, but also allows for installation of some apps that are not fully FOSS. You can also retrieve apps from the Google Play Store, but this might get your Google account blacklisted, so be careful.
Android 10 reportedly rolling out to Pixel phones on Sept. 3
The release of the next generation of Android may be at hand. Google is expected to release Android 10 on Tuesday, according to a carrier support page spotted by 9to5Google.
The new operating system is scheduled to roll out to all Pixel phones, according to a page posted by Canadian carrier Rogers Communications, 9to5Google reported. The Rogers support page listed Sept. 3 as the launch date of “Q OS” for the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.
The mention of update has since been removed from the support page, but a support page at Canadian carrier Telus also lists Tuesday as the release of “Android Q.”
Google and Rogers didn’t didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
Google released the first preview version of the software in March and demoed more features at its annual I/O developer conference in May.
The company announced in August that the next generation of its mobile operating system — previously called Android Q — will be known as Android 10. No date was given at the time for when the new software would be made available.
One of Google’s key selling points for Android 10 is a new approach to keeping personal information private. The new privacy features come in the form of more granular location controls and a dedicated privacy section in the settings app.
Why you probably shouldn’t install iOS 13 and the other betas just yet
Apple this week officially released the first developer beta of iOS 13. As always, many people are eager to install the new iOS version and try the latest features, but there are several reasons why you should probably hold off. After all, it is a very early beta and is bound to have numerous problems.
Should you install the iOS 13 beta?
Apple itself acknowledges that the first beta of iOS 13 is buggy, warning “thrill seekers” that they should probably wait for the public beta coming next month:
Important Note for Thrill Seekers: If you’re interested in living on the edge and trying out the great new features in iOS 13, we strongly advise waiting for the many bug fixes and refinements coming to the public beta next month.
iOS 13 includes all of the problems you’d expect from an early iOS beta. That means a warmer-than-usual device temperature, completely unoptimized battery life, and numerous interface quirks, app crashes, and more.
Across all five of the new betas, iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS, you’ll run into compatibility issues with third-party apps. These betas are designed to give developers the opportunity to update their applications ahead of the stable releases this fall, and you shouldn’t expect applications to run as-expected until then.
Apple has also increased the difficulty level of the install with this year’s iOS 13 beta. While it used an OTA system last year, the first beta of iOS 13 is available only as a direct download from Apple’s Developer site. It also requires that you have the Xcode beta installed and that you restore via iTunes.
Apple will eventually release public beta versions of macOS 10.15, iOS 13, and tvOS 13. Those will likely come next month and will represent a more stable, but still buggy, way for the general public to test out the latest and greatest operating systems. The public betas, and future developer betas, will be available as over-the-air updates as well, dramatically simplifying the install process.
If you’re still tempted to try iOS 13 and the other betas in their current beta form, our advice is to install them on devices that you don’t rely on day-to-day. This will let you try out the new features, while also preserving the experience on your daily devices.
Huawei folding phone(Mate X) reappears to boast 5G speed
Since the start of problems Huawei with the United States, many users who have thought about the launch of Mate X. The Huawei phone with folding screen had planned to reach the market this June, and doubts about its release do not stop creating as the days pass. Where is Mate X?
First 5G tests with the Huawei Mate X
The latest clues come with official information, as the president of the Huawei smartphones branch has shared some images in which you can see some speed tests carried out with the famous phone with a folding screen. The images reveal that the maximum speed reached in the tests of Speedtest reached 1 gigabit per second, while the rise was at 100 megabytes per second.
This is undoubtedly excellent news for those interested in knowing about the first Huawei folding phone. We hope that the program runs its course and this same month when we see the phone for sale (even if only in China), although it is clear that the doubts will continue on which licenses will be affected when marketing it and, basically, what such will respond the screen to everyday use, something that as we could see did not sit well at the option of Samsung.
On the other hand, Gang assured that the speeds obtained in the laboratory tests reached the figure of 1.2 Gbps, so technically the phone is able to reach higher cruising speed, although we are very much afraid that in conditions normal the result will be similar to that of the video. At this point, there is no doubt that the 5G is tremendously fast, right?
The mobile download speed can surpass 1 Gbps using the #5G network, He Gang, head of Huawei’s smartphone unit proved in a vlog with Huawei’s foldable Mate X handset on Tuesday.
Huawei mate x 5g testing using a customized Android version?
Taking a deeper look at the video, we can see how this unit of Mate X has a home screen where no icon of any application belonging to Google appears . It is something that could simply be a measure not to promote the company that has left out, a simple custom configuration or something even more complex, are we facing a version of Android customized by Huawei ?
This last option is the most rocambolesque, but there is another detail that is equally suspect: why is a virtual start button placed on the screen? Until now, the device had been showing the lower status bar with the classic buttons of Android, and in the case of not showing it, an upward gesture would be enough for it to reappear. As we said, these are suspicious details that generate enough doubts about the version of the operating system that is running the device, but for now, we will turn a blind eye and focus only on the results of the 5G tests.
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