Sustainable smartphone producer Fairphone has launched an Android 10 replace for the six-year-old Fairphone 2, a tool that initially launched with Android 5 in 2015. The replace is in beta for the time being, however the firm says it hopes to launch a steady model early subsequent yr. Alongside it, the firm additionally plans to begin beta testing an Android 11 replace for the 2019 Fairphone 3 and 2020 Fairphone 3 Plus.
Although getting an Android replace two years after its unique launch wouldn’t usually be trigger for celebration, it’s mainly exceptional for an Android producer to nonetheless be updating a handset six years after its unique launch. Only Apple comes shut to these sorts of assist intervals and lately launched its newest iOS 15 replace for the 2015 iPhone 6S.
Beta testing of Android 10 for Fairphone 2 begins immediately, with the intention to be publicly obtainable in early 2022. But the excellent news doesn’t finish there – for Fairphone 3 and three+ customers, beta testing for Android 11 additionally begins this week.
— Fairphone (@Fairphone) November 23, 2021
Meanwhile, Samsung gives 4 years of safety updates and three generational Android updates for its latest telephones. Google has promised to present safety updates for its newest Pixel 6 units for 5 years and Android model updates for 3 years.
Offering updates for this size of time isn’t straightforward, as (*2*)Fairphone defined in a weblog put up when it launched its public beta of Android 9 operating on the Fairphone 2. One of the greater challenges is that the chipset producer Fairphone makes use of, Qualcomm, solely gives assist for its processors for a sure variety of years. (*10*)As of final December, Qualcomm helps its chips for 3 main OS updates and 4 years of safety updates. However, as soon as this assist ends, producers like Fairphone are on their very own if they need to proceed retaining their telephones up to date.
For the Fairphone 2’s Android 10 replace, the firm says it collaborated with its neighborhood to pace up the replace course of. Together with assist from Indian software program developer Bharath Ravi Prakash, Fairphone says the Fairphone 2’s Android 10 replace took simply 10 months to develop, in contrast to 18 months for Android 9.
Today’s information can be welcome for anybody nonetheless utilizing a Fairphone 2 who desires to profit from Android 10 options like gesture navigation and assist for an OS-level darkish mode. But it’s additionally reassuring for anybody occupied with choosing up its newest cellphone, the Fairphone 4, which the firm hopes to hold supported for six years till 2027.