December 4, 2021

Fairphone 2 from 2015 will formally get Android 10

Simply as the entire smartphone bundle entails each the {hardware} and the software program expertise, holding a cellphone round for so long as attainable additionally requires each elements to additionally carry on working. Fairphone’s promise of a sustainable and nearly immortal smartphone would fall a bit brief if it stopped pushing out updates whereas nonetheless holding the cellphone’s parts supported. In step with that mission, the Dutch-based firm is making the grand announcement that its six-year-old Fairphone 2 will likely be receiving Android 10 quickly, one thing that no different smartphone maker has been capable of pull off.

2015 nearly feels historic by smartphone requirements, even when it was solely six years in the past. That turns into much more obvious if you learn the Fairphone 2’s spec sheet, which lists a Snapdragon 801, 2GB of RAM, and a 12MP important digicam. It additionally launched with Android 5.1 Lollipop, which is unquestionably prehistoric in Android historical past by now.

However that’s precisely the sort of cellphone that might check Fairphone’s promise of a sustainable and long-lasting smartphone. The corporate continues to promote substitute elements for the cellphone, together with the show, the digicam modules, and the battery. Now it’s proudly revealing that it’s persevering with that very same help for the Fairphone 2’s software program, regardless of the difficulties it skilled with the Android 9 replace earlier this 12 months.

In line with Fairphone, it has discovered its classes again then and has additionally enlisted the assistance of its followers to enhance its course of. As an alternative of the 18-month journey it went by from Android 7.1 Nougat to Android 9 Pie, it solely took it ten months this time round. That’s due to the assistance of its neighborhood in addition to volunteer builders engaged on the open supply elements of Android throughout that interval.

That is undoubtedly an achievement that Fairphone will be happy with and one thing that OEMs ought to aspire to emulate. Granted, the corporate solely has a relatively smaller variety of telephones to help, however the modular nature of those telephones additionally complicates the software program help course of. Fairphone can be a considerably smaller firm with fewer assets to throw at software program updates, so it’s nonetheless no small feat that it will likely be capable of provide Android 10 to Fairphone 2 house owners.

The beta testing for this replace is beginning this week, and Fairphone expects that the secure model will likely be obtainable by early 2022. Additionally beginning this week is the Android 11 beta check for the Fairphone 3. Though it’s nonetheless a bit late, it’s nonetheless encouraging that Fairphone is ready to present software program help this lengthy, and it’d get even sooner as its racks up the expertise, information, and instruments to roll out Android updates sooner.

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