List of open-source mobile phones

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This is a list of mobile phones with open source operating systems.

Notes[edit]

Android-based devices do not appear on this list because of the heavy use of proprietary components, particularly drivers and applications.[1][2][3]

WebOS was initially available only under a proprietary license but the source code was later released under a free license by HP. Still, Open WebOS will not run on all WebOS devices.

All mobile phones have proprietary baseband (GSM module) firmware.[4]

List[edit]

Organization Model Mobile operating system QWERTY (hardware) keyboard Release date Current state
Nokia N900 Maemo 5 (Fremantle) Yes 2009 Discontinued
Nokia N950 (available to developers only) MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan Yes 2011 Discontinued
Nokia N9 MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan No 2011 Discontinued
OpenMoko Neo 1973 (code name GTA01) Openmoko Linux, Qtopia (both Linux-based) No 2007-07-09 Discontinued
OpenMoko Neo FreeRunner (code name GTA02) Openmoko Linux, Qt Extended, Debian, SHR (Stable Hybrid Release), Android, Gentoo (all Linux-based), Inferno No 2008-06-24 Discontinued
Golden Delicious, GmbH GTA04 QtMoko, Debian, SHR (Stable Hybrid Release), Android No 2012-04 Awaiting expression of interest
Aava mobile Developer phone (available to developers only) MeeGo No 2011 Discontinued
Tizen Association Developer phone (available to developers only) Tizen No 2013 Available
GeeksPhone Keon Firefox OS No 2013-04-23 ?
GeeksPhone Peak Firefox OS No 2013-04-23 ?
GeeksPhone Peak+ Firefox OS No Cancelled[5]
ZTE Open Firefox OS No 2013-07 Available
Alcatel One Touch Fire Firefox OS No 2013-07 Available

References[edit]

  1. ^ Android (operating system)#Licensing "drivers and firmware vital for the proper functioning of Android devices are usually proprietary"
  2. ^ Stallman, Richard (2011-09-19). "Is Android really free software? – Google's smartphone code is often described as 'open' or 'free' – but when examined by the Free Software Foundation, it starts to look like something different". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-09-09. "the software of Android versions 1 and 2 was mostly developed by Google; Google released it under the Apache 2.0 license, which is a lax free software license without copyleft. ... The version of Linux included in Android is not entirely free software, since it contains non-free "binary blobs"... Android is very different from the GNU/Linux operating system because it contains very little of GNU." 
  3. ^ Stallman, Richard (2012-08-05). "Android and Users' Freedom – Support the Free Your Android campaign". gnu.org. Retrieved 2012-09-09. "Even though the Android phones of today are considerably less bad than Apple or Windows smartphones, they cannot be said to respect your freedom." 
  4. ^ Welte, Harald (2010-02-05). "OsmocomBB Project Rationale". Retrieved 2013-09-26. "Every mobile device that is connected to a cellular network runs some kind of baseband processor with highly proprietary and closed-source firmware." 
  5. ^ "Peak+ cancellation". 28 November 2013. 

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