At the time of writing, the free speech app “Parler” has just been removed from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. These two very powerful players decide when smartphone apps are allowed or not on the market, based on their own standards.
In this situation Apple has almost absolute power about which apps are on your iPhone, unless you decide to jailbreak your iPhone, which will allow you to install apps which are not from the Apple App Store. This has consequences for your support and warranty, and therefore many people don’t want to get involved with jail-breaking their iPhones.
For Android devices, the situation is not that strict. You can still, if you want to, install apps on Android devices, when these apps are not available in the Google Play Store. But most people won’t do this, as they are afraid of what will happen on their smartphones, when they ignore safety warnings.
In this limiting scenario, with two big major players who are both fighting for a monopoly position, it is really refreshing that a third option now is possible. Enter “The PinePhone”!
“The purpose of the PinePhone isn’t only to deliver a functioning Linux phone to end-users, but also to actively create a market for such a device, as well as to support existing and well established Linux-on-Phone projects. All major Linux Phone-oriented projects, as well as other FOSS OS’, are represented on the PinePhone and developers work together on our platform to bring support this community driven device.” Visit website
On the computer market, for decades we have been offered an alternative to Windows or macOS: free Linux distributions. I have experimented with Linux and must say that it is a very interesting alternative to the two commercial options which most people choose.
Now Linux is more and more used on the smartphone market, and I welcome this development. When my current smartphone needs to be replaced, for whatever the reason, I will switch to a Linux smartphone, because I believe they restore the power to the people.
The main advantage of switching to Linux smartphones is that this will break the monopolies of Big Tech on this market. It will restore the “free market principle” to this niche, and allow for both free and paid apps to be developed, benefiting common people instead of mainly benefiting shareholders.
So please join me in this experiment of trying Linux smartphones. And if you are involved in the developments on this market, or if you are in any way involved in the development of Open Source Software, thank you! Thank you for making this world a better place.