Fairphone is one of the only phone manufacturers out there with a mission for sustainability and ethics. Its Android phones are among the most repairable on the market, and the company is doing its best to support the hardware for as long as possible. As such, it has just released a new Android update to its five-year-old Fairphone 2 ̵
Normally, we hope a company that updates a phone to a hopelessly outdated version of Android (* cough * Motorola * cough *), but with Fairphone we need more context. Fairphone 2 launched with Android 5 Lollipop and is pretty much the only Android phone from 2015 that still receives official software updates from the manufacturer. The company has to work with a chipset that is no longer supported or updated by Qualcomm due to the age of Snapdragon 801. It is also worth noting that the phone jumps from Android 7.1 to Android 9. There are crucial obstacles almost no other manufacturers bother to overcome , but with Fairphone wanting to create a sustainable product (and promising five years of updates), it felt compelled to push the boundaries of what’s possible in the Android world.
Fairphone says that the launch starts today and will continue until April 18. It goes for a staged release to ensure that it did not miss any issues during the year-long beta phase the new release went through.
Meanwhile, Apple also supports phones from 2015, but the company builds and designs its own processors, so it has fewer obstacles to overcome. It is also significantly more difficult to repair your devices yourself than a Fairphone.