Fairphone has just started the deployment of Android 9 on its Fairphone 2. A five-year-old smartphone is a record on the Android market.
So, yes I know, you will tell me… an Android 9 update on a Fairphone 2 in 2021, the year we are discovering Android 12, is far from being an achievement. The feat may not be where you are looking. Indeed, Apple deployed iOS 14 in 2020 on the iPhone 6s which dates from 2015. In the Android market, it is an achievement to deploy a new version of Android on a device celebrating its 5 years of existence. . It is very rare and that is the problem.
A feat in the Android market
Most smartphone manufacturers now guarantee three major updates on their devices. However, it is still a long way from what Apple offers its users.
Although Fairphone 2 users cannot enjoy Android 11, the most important thing is that they are using a version of Android that is still supported by Google. This means that the apps are working and the smartphone is always receiving its security updates.
Today we’re celebrating a milestone. The #Fairphone 2 gets a major software upgrade 5 years after launch. We started Fairphone with a mission to encourage smartphone longevity by disrupting the electronics industry and this signifies that commitment. 🙌 https://t.co/jdpOxZKEHQ pic.twitter.com/bQGbj54CEi
– Fairphone (@Fairphone) March 25, 2021
The beta of Android 9 on the Fairphone 2 started in June 2020, it was also a challenge for the manufacturer to support such an advanced version of Android for a hardware far from vigorous. Knowing that Qualcomm no longer provides support for the Snapdragon 801 (2014), Fairphone had to work hard to get Google certification for Android 9 on the Fairphone 2.
If you have a Fairphone 3 or a Fairphone 3 Plus, know that the Android 11 update is expected this year. Moreover, Fairphone confirms that software support and the availability of spare components should continue until 2024.