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Review: Firefox OS, Sailfish OS, Ubuntu for phones

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The impression you get stepping into most phone carriers' showrooms is that the programmers behind Apple's iOS and Google's Android are driving most of the innovation in smartphones. You'll find few phones on display that run other software systems.

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