The modular and upgradable Fairphone 2 which was released back in 2015 is getting Android 10, sure that’s a two-year-old operating system but it’s been six years since the phone originally shipped with Android 5.
This matches with Apple’s current six-year software support cycle for iPhones. But when it comes to other Android devices, six years of major software updates is unheard of; Most Android companies tend to charge very high prices with even the most mainstream Android OEMs like Google and Samsung providing only three years of major software updates.
The Fairphone 2 which initially came with Android 5 operating system featured a Snapdragon 801 SoC that is only rated to work up to Android 6.
However, Fairphone was able to do this even without Qualcomm’s help, thanks to Lineage OS community while still passing all of Google’s CTS tests required for officially licensing the Play Store.
This really proves that Google, Samsung and others could totally support android devices for longer if they wanted to, but we live in a world where making money has become more important than the wellfare of customers.
Overall, this seems like a very welcomed move throught the Android community and this makes us hope for a brighter future where even more OEMs would follow Fairphone’s lead and start supporting more years of software updates.
This longer software support will also indirectly lead to people using their phones for more years before upgrading it, which would directly result in less e-waste, something which is Fairphone’s primary goal.
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