foberle wrote: ↑
Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:43 am
I can't abide Android (reasons too numerous to cover here), and I would absolutely love to replace my phone with the Librem 5
Techgeeks can abide by Android phones that are closed-source and walled-off but can be bought for about US$300 for mid-end ones which they can then root, unlock the bootloaders and install the latest Android version of Lineage OS on them, eg Lineage OS 15 is based on Android 8.
....... In comparison, the free/libre open-source Librem 5 phone costs US$699(via crowdsourcing) = practically unmarketable to the masses, even though it will receive infinite OS upgrades and is free of bloatware/adware/spyware from Google and/or the OEMs.
Bear in mind that Google's business model for her free-of-charge Android OS is mainly based on targeted ad revenue = tracking of users needed = adware and spyware. This practice may be benign.
OEMs often include bloatware/adware in their Android phones in order to recoup support costs which is not provided by Google, eg OEMs may provide security updates and 2 Android upgrades maximum for their mid to high-end phones.
....... IOW, Google licenses Android to the OEMs for free on condition that they provide the support themselves. Google only directly supports her own Android phones like Nexus and Pixel, eg Android upgrades for at least 3 years = hence, her Android phones are more costly.
Most non-techgeeks can tolerate Google and the Android OEMs, even though they have nowhere to turn to. Only the more wealthy can turn to costly Librem 5 phones and Librem laptops(= from US$1399) = pay a premium for privacy.
Have you heard of Jolla Sailfish OS that is used in budget Indian phones.?