Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Fairphone 2 launched with Android 5 receives an upgrade to Android 10 nearly 7 years later

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Fairphone has made a name for itself as a phone maker that makes highly repairable, durable, and sustainable devices. The Fairphone branding is not in some of the major markets such as the United States, but that does not take much away from the repairable device.

The Fairphone 2 has been in existence since 2015 when it was launched with Android 5 OS which was popular at that time. Fairphone is now announcing the availability of Android 10 upgrade for the smartphone, nearly 7 years down the line.

It has been quite challenging for manufacturers to sustain OS upgrades for their devices beyond two or three updates. Some important considerations that guarantee an OS update lies beyond the control of the phone maker.

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It could be connected with the chip manufacturer halting further support for the outdated chip in the phone or Google no longer supports that particular OS version. Samsung has been able to sustain up to four updates for all of its devices, or almost all.

Most models have only two OS updates within the life of the phone, Apple, however, provides up to six years of software support for its iPhones.

The Fairphone 2 is powered by Qualcomm’s best Snapdragon 801 chip and the Fairphone projects nearly between 2 and 5 OS updates for all its devices.

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The longevity of the Fairphone 2 is expected to not exceed the software support for Android 10, however, security patches will be provided until the plug is pulled on Android 10 by Google. So do not be surprised to see the seven-year-old Fairphone 2 for a lot of years ahead. The Fairphone 2’s record of seven years and over is difficult to beat.

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