If you’ve been a long time PhoneArena reader, you may remember the Fairphone 2, which was released five years ago. The company announced Thursday that the device will receive an update to Android 9, which continues to include Google support. The tech giant even stated in this month’s Android Security Bulletin that it fixed several security issues in Android 9. The update will be available now through April 18th. If you can get past the fact that the phone is getting software that is two generations old, you can celebrate the fact that a five year old handset gets updated in the first place.
Fairphone 2 from 2015 is now updated to Android 9
Fairphone Says There Is A Celebration For The Fairphone 2. “The right way we’re celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the Fairphone 2 by baking a cake, eating it, and then getting back to work to ensure fairness is in all of the electronics, mining and recycling industries mention the continued software support for our phones. It’s a big job, but someone has to do it, and we don’t mind being frontrunners. As long as the rest of the electronics industry follows along. ” The company added, “We started Fairphone with a mission: to advance smartphone longevity by disrupting the electronics industry from within. We know fairness is possible, but it will get the broader industry on the move to jump, take responsibility and drive. ” At Fairphone, we strive to make the most of the materials used in our products. We’re approaching a circular economy by using materials from more responsible sources, focusing on reuse and recycling, and making our phones last as long as possible. This birthday means our commitment to you and our supply chain. “
For comparison, Apple distributed iOS 14 to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus last year. The pair, rumored to be losing support as of this year’s iOS 15, was released in 2015. Four years of security updates is what Samsung promises to buyers of its new Galaxy devices, and Pixel owners will get updates from for three years Google. According to the research company Kantar Worldpanel, European smartphone users kept their phones for an average of two to three years in 2018. However, Fairphone says, “Our goal is to give you phones with a lifespan of at least five years. The reason is simple: the longer you keep your phone, the smaller its environmental footprint. With that constant pressure on it Latest gadgets are sold over a billion cell phones worldwide each year. This also means more phones are thrown away. While only 20% of those thrown away phones are recycled. No wonder e-waste has become the fastest growing waste stream in the world is. “
Fairphone didn’t run entirely smoothly for the update because the Snapdragon 801 chipset (remember that component folks?) That powered the device was no longer supported by Qualcommn. The update had to go through a large number of tests. “To get to where we are today, we had to take approximately 477,000 Google tests and pass all of them to get certification,” said Fairphone.
The Fairphone 2 has a Gorilla Glass 3 protected 5-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. 2 GB of memory are included along with 32 GB of memory. A single 8-megapixel camera adorns the back of the device, while the phone carries a 2-megapixel front-facing selfie camera. A replaceable 2420 mAh battery keeps the light on. The device was also the first modular phone, according to the company. Notes Fairphone, “The FP2 was the first modular phone. It was a revolutionary concept for the electronics industry that had not been implemented before. However, making the first modular phone posed new challenges in the supply chain. While the modular design presented users In order to be able to easily repair your phones with replacement parts and thus extend their life, the availability of these parts is critical. In fact, we recently ran out of inventory of the lower modules due to this issue. Understanding this was key and we had to continuously optimize our process and jump over the hurdles to ensure that we had enough spare parts available even after the production of the phone was finished. “