Fairphone is a special company that has the ideal of offering its customers a fair and ethical smartphone. The company sells modular devices, which use recyclable and durable materials that have been collected in an ethical manner. Sustainability is another major aspect that the company focuses on, which is why it promises people so many long updates on its devices.
Today, the company announced that it will soon begin rolling out the Android 10 update to its six-year-old Fairphone 2 smartphone. Although the public rollout will take some time, Fairphone 2 owners will be able to install and test the beta version of the update.
To recall, Fairphone 2 was launched in 2015 to run Android 5 Lollipop. Since then, the device has been receiving regular updates and is currently running Android 9 Pie. The company has dropped Android 8 Orio in favor of Android 9 Pi, making Android 10 the fourth different version that the phone will run.
While Android 10 may seem old to you, consider that Google has already released Android 12 ৷ You should also note that the phone is six years old and the Fairphone is not a company with deep pockets or large resources. Also, the company is releasing updates to its phones without the help of Qualcomm or other hardware companies that have already dropped support for the hardware.
Looking at Fairphone’s promise, the question arises as to why other Android OEMs struggle to offer Android version updates. Many smartphones that were promised two major updates are stuck in the original ROM or have received only one update.
While companies like Samsung and Google are improving on updates, Samsung is now promising three Android upgrades and four-year security patches on most of its phones, and Google is offering its users three upgrades and five-year patches with its Pixel 6 series.
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