How to ​Escape The ‘Smartphone Duopoly’ of Apple & Google with Sailfish OS

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There’s a shocking lack of diversity in the smartphone market. Either you’re boasting an iPhone in your pocket or you’re carrying around an Android. But Google spies on your stuff, and Apple’s record on defending the privacy of their users is patchy at best.

Both the Windows Phone and Windows Mobile OS are long dead after an extended period of mockery. The once-loved Blackberry shut down its servers earlier this year, rendering handsets from what was formerly the most popular business choice finally obsolete.

You may think you have no choice but to submit to the duopoly. You’re wrong. It’s totally possible to live a rich, productive life with neither Apple nor Google as the hub of your communications. All you need is a little know-how, a few hours, and ironclad discipline.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be exploring alternative, privacy-conscious mobile operating systems to see how well they stack up against the competition. What are the trade-offs out there? Are they easy to use? Are they actually worth your investment in time and money?

First up, Sailfish OS.

What Is Sailfish OS?

If you’ve heard of Sailfish before, you’re likely aware that it’s free and open-source software (FOSS). This means that the source code is open to the public. You can modify it, contribute to the project, and use it however you like. You can even fork the project to create a variant and sell your own version.

In the case of Sailfish OS, the FOSS label is

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