A Smartphone That Can Run Any Mobile OS
While I primarily write about mobile devices for Tom’s Hardware, at heart, I’m a PC enthusiast who built his first gaming PC in the early nineties to run Strike Commander. Therefore, Google’s Project Ara modular phone is something that greatly interests me. Still, while being able to customize my phone’s hardware is something that could be cool for tinkerers, I’m not sure how practical a modular phone will be. I’d still probably be happier with a purpose-built smartphone powered by the latest top-end hardware.
What I would like to see, though, is the ability to install the OS of my choosing on any given hardware platform. Imagine being able to choose your phone hardware without having to decide on what OS ecosystem you have to tie yourself into. I want the freedom to install Android, Windows Phone, Ubuntu or even BlackBerry on my phone legally without having to hack anything. While it would be nice if l could either dual-boot OSes or switch whenever I want, I’d even be happy with the option to only pick the mobile OS during the initial setup. Of course, I did not mention iOS in the list above since we all know that Apple would never allow its OS on any hardware but its own. Even wishes have limits. - By Alex Davies