This comment is right on the money. Anyone want to buy an iphone 3?
Originally Posted by dkirker
FFOS may be targeting TVs, but it is on... Panasonics, right? That makes it a commercial operation that is still being developed. It is fully open-sourced and obviously, the mobile version has only now been halted - developers that want mobile FFOS can continue to develop it. Also, LuneOS uses parts from most of the other OSS projects: Ubuntu, SailfishOS and FFOS. LG aren't Open-sourcing their work, but the original OwOS and those other projects mean that though desirable, it's not a major problem. These projects aren't dead, they are just not going mainstream anytime soon.
What about hardware? Nexus phones are still coming out and I guess the alternative versions of Android for other handsets are still going strong. If the Nexus line is closed down, there are still some open platforms and even Open-source hardware is appearing. It's not the cutting edge, but we are definitely reaching a point where small production runs or even 'build-your-own options are becoming feasible and even affordable. You lose some power/value in exchange for the openess and the fact that it's a niche product.
Aside from the modular projects, the most interesting I think is the Fairphone - it's an average Android handset, but the figures on their site show it was put together for a relatively small amount of money. The selling point was the ethics and the repair-ability. Most importantly, it was successful enough that they are now making the Fairphone 2. They are also porting SailfishOS to it. If it can run Android and Sailfish, it can run Ubuntu, FFOS and LuneOS...
You can have loads of apps and FB, Whatsapp or whatever at the cost of being locked into an eco-system, tracked for advertising or whatever or you can have open-source, community supported, hackable stuff that will never get all of the popular apps. Every choice has it's price.