I want to open a discussion about Kai OS, both for my own pursuit of knowledge and to discover like-minded people.
I want to discuss:
What is it and who is it for?
Where can I buy a phone running KaiOS?
Is this our chance to break free from the spying of Android and iOS?
Why we should support this.
I have owned half a dozen flip phones throughout my life, I’ve owned 3 Android phones (ZenFone 2, ZenFone 3, and Pixel 2 XL), a Windows HTC 8x phone, and 2 iPhones (iPhone SE and iPhone 8). Most of them have been great phones (I’m currently using a Galaxy S7 I bought used from a friend).
However, each time I have had the $800+ phones, I don’t really enjoy them. It feels like a waste. I’ve also never been comfortable with having Google, Microsoft, or Apple accounts. At least not on my phone, where is has access to so much personal data. TBH, I’ve enjoyed my flip phones the most, but not being able to receive a 2FA code via email has been highly inconvenient at times.
I would say I have a more minimalistic attitude towards physical items. I’ve always preferred simplicity and efficiency. I also have almost no social media presence, as I believe it can be a cause for depression. In this regard, I realize I do not fit the norm, and that’s ok with me.
Security, Privacy, Economics, and the Future State of Our Devices
What I really want to bring to the table is “why I believe you should consider ditching the typical smartphone”.
I wouldn’t consider myself paranoid of privacy, but I do see the necessity of having it.
I would also not consider myself to be someone who is particularly environmentally concerned, but I do recognize the vast amount of waste our consumer electronics produce (not to mention our cheap out-sourced labour).
I find it very disturbing how large tech companies (such as the afore mentioned ones) abuse our data, twist our economics, create monopolies, and squelch out competition. All in the name of earning power and wealth. Which they can do, we do live in a free country, but they get away with more than they should due to the ignorance of the populous.
As long as people keep buying their devices, they have all the power. We have no choice but to use their services.
Kai OS is targeted to emerging markets, such as India, China, and Africa. It aims to provide connectivity for those who otherwise wouldn’t have it. Kai OS can be a simple smart phone, or it can even run on flip phones. I find this appealing because of it’s efficiency. Low cost, fewer precious materials, low power consumption. It provides the basics we need to function in a connected world without excess. It aims to exclude no-one. I believe it deserves as much support as we can give.
Being that Kai OS is open source, and not based on Android, it provides an opportunity for us to escape the claws of Google. I personally will take this opportunity to become a psudo early adopter (I’m a little late though) and show my support to a good cause. I’ve been sceptical of projects such as Tizen and Sailfish OS, but Kai OS looks like it will actually begin to compete the Android and iOS. Maybe in a different way, but a better way.
Please feel free to suggest edits. I’m sure my rambling may be hard to follow. Being as I’ve just started researching KaiOS, I want to hear your thoughts and opinions on the matter.