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Installing Linux on an Android phone

#1 Post by ThinkPad560X » Sat Apr 30, 2022 1:49 am

Just doing research on installing Windows or Linux on an Android smartphone. I did buy a Windows phone but unfortunately Microsoft gave up on the Windows phone and even sold the Nokia brand (Didn't know till now). I am currently upgrading from a Motorola Razr V3m "2007", Yes 2007. Verizon has said they are shutting down the 3G network by 12/31/2022 and will lose service. This phone is still in very good condition and only used it for calls or text. Anything internet wise is all done on the ThinkPad"s" or desktops. The battery was replaced 3 times with OEM batteries in its entire life. Still currently being used till the close deadline.

I bought a SONY Xperia XA1 Ultra as I have lots of SONY devices and I can't use the Microsoft phone even if wanted to as Verizon would not activate on their network per their webpage stating.
The Sony is running Android ver.8 and can't upgrade to from what I seen Android 12. I don't like that Apps keep updating them Selves and that apps are installed that I don't want nor will ever use. All I can do is just DISABLE them. There is no uninstall anywhere on the apps list. and there is apps that say ready to install. This kind of reminds me of windows 10 when they would auto install software/apps that you didn't want. I don't like using google or Apple so is there a way to erase Android and install Linux or windows on the phone and would drivers even be supported? Or is Android baked into the board on the phone? The Phone is a Unlocked one by the way, so no carrier locking to.

Figured I'd ask on here to see if there is any smartphone enthusiast as all I could find online is VM of Linux or windows used on Android.
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Re: Installing Linux on an Android phone

#2 Post by axur-delmeria » Sat Apr 30, 2022 4:39 am

The only Linux for phones that I know is postmarketOS: https://postmarketos.org/

Apparently there's a port for the Xperia XA Ultra, but no mention of the hardware working aside from the display and touchscreen. :(
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Re: Installing Linux on an Android phone

#3 Post by Neil » Sat Apr 30, 2022 7:33 am

I have no personal experience in this area, but here is my search of DistroWatch for mobile Linux operating systems:

https://distrowatch.com/search.php?osty ... ive#simple

Note that from what little I've read on the subject, these operating systems will install and run on phones, but cannot handle phone calls well, if at all. Also, as I understand it, the end of 3g has nothing to do with the operating system, but rather is being discontinued on the cellular network level. When exactly the end will come is still anyone's guess. It was supposed to happen a couple of years ago and still has not been shut down.
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Re: Installing Linux on an Android phone

#4 Post by ThinkPad560X » Sat Apr 30, 2022 3:45 pm

Neil wrote:
Sat Apr 30, 2022 7:33 am
I have no personal experience in this area, but here is my search of DistroWatch for mobile Linux operating systems:

https://distrowatch.com/search.php?osty ... ive#simple

Note that from what little I've read on the subject, these operating systems will install and run on phones, but cannot handle phone calls well, if at all. Also, as I understand it, the end of 3g has nothing to do with the operating system, but rather is being discontinued on the cellular network level. When exactly the end will come is still anyone's guess. It was supposed to happen a couple of years ago and still has not been shut down.
This is the email they send me every other month started this year.

Hi (Customer Name)

We are actively decommissioning our 3G CDMA network and expect this to be completed by no later than December 31, 2022. On January 1, 2023, if you are a Verizon customer using a 3G CDMA or 4G device that does not support HD Voice (Non-VoLTE), your device will no longer make/receive calls, send/receive text messages or use data services. This includes 3G (CDMA) and 4G Non-VoLTE devices and network extenders.

As we build for the future, Verizon continues to upgrade its network and migrate impacted devices to 4G LTE and 5G technologies. Virtually all of our network traffic is on our 4G LTE and/or the 5G network—both of which offer superior performance compared to previous generations.

We want you to stay connected and have the best experience possible. Multiple mobile numbers on your account will be impacted; you can review the details by logging in to My Verizon. Please upgrade your devices before December 31, 2022. To get started, go toMy Verizon, visit a local Verizon store or contact us at 800.922.0204 to discuss your new device options. Or view special upgrade offers at go.vzw.com/upgrade3g.

If you have a disability or have enabled any accessibility features on your current 3G CDMA device, please contact us to find the best solution for your needs. The Verizon Wireless National Accessibility Customer Service organization is a dedicated team with trained staff to support our customers with disabilities. They can be reached at 888.262.1999, Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM ET.

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Re: Installing Linux on an Android phone

#5 Post by Neil » Sat Apr 30, 2022 5:32 pm

Yeah, I began receiving those notifications back in 2020 and finally replaced my old phone with one that supports VoLTE last year. So I'm all set for when they eventually shut the old system down.
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