Smartphone manufacturers ought to maintain their heads in disgrace because the 7-year outdated Fairphone 2 will get yet one more official replace

Whereas we applaud the likes of Samsung and Google for providing as much as 4 years of OS updates and lament the likes of Motorola, it appears that evidently one Android smartphone maker has managed to supply an unbelievable seven years price of software program help for one in all its telephones. Seven years. Having launched in 2015 operating on Android 5 (Lollipop), the Fairphone 2 is simply receiving an replace to Android 10 in 2022.

The primary Android 10 beta for the Fairphone 2 was introduced again in November 2021, and immediately sees the stable version out there to obtain.

“Fairphone’s ambition is to maintain telephones in use for so long as doable, going towards the grain in an
business the place fast cycles imply that smartphones have a brief lifespan. This together with the
issue of restore and restricted software program help for smartphones contributes to the rising
digital waste stream globally.”

The Android 10 replace for the Fairphone 2 is an business first, and whereas it’s not the most recent Android 12 construct that some flagships are launching with in 2022, it’s nonetheless a formidable feat for the smartphone model with its ethos of being a sustainable eco-conscious firm. This additionally bodes effectively for the Fairphone 4 that launched again in September 2021, with the potential of nonetheless being supported with software program updates in 2028 and past. Fairphone hasn’t stated that the Android 10 replace is the final OS improve that the Fairphone 2 will obtain so it’s completely doable that we’ll be writing about an Android 11 replace for the cellphone in a 12 months’s time. That is really spectacular on Fairphone’s half and is one thing that has solely beforehand been achieved on Android smartphones by the event of customized ROMs.

So, the primary takeaway from that is that Google, Samsung, Motorola (haha), OnePlus, OPPO, Realme, Sony, ASUS, and many others. can and may do higher. So significantly better.


He is been an Android fan ever since proudly owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He presently carries a Realme GT Neo 2 in his pockets, a Lenovo Yoga Tab 11 in his backpack, and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop computer world wide. When not immersed on this planet of Android and devices, he is an avid sports activities fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a very good Braai (BBQ).


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