Durable smartphone maker Fairphone has released an Android 10 update for the six-year-old Fairphone 2, a device that initially launched with Android 5 in 2015. The update is currently in beta, but the company says that she hopes to release a stable version early next year. At the same time, the company also plans to start beta testing an Android 11 update for the 2019 Fairphone 3 and 2020 Fairphone 3 Plus.
While getting an Android update two years after its original release isn’t normally a cause for celebration, it’s fundamentally unusual for an Android maker to keep updating a handset six years after. its original release. Only Apple comes close to these kind of support periods and recently released its latest iOS 15 update for the 2015 iPhone 6S.
Android 10 beta testing for Fairphone 2 begins today, with the goal of being publicly available in early 2022. But the good news doesn’t end there: For Fairphone 3 and 3+ users, the Beta tests for Android 11 also begin this week.
– Fairphone (@Fairphone) 23 November 2021
Meanwhile, Samsung is offering four years of security updates and three generational Android updates for its recent phones. Google has promised to provide security updates for its latest Pixel 6 devices for five years and updates for the Android version for three years.
Offering updates during this time is not easy, as Fairphone explained in a blog post when it released its public beta of Android 9 running on the Fairphone 2. One of the biggest The challenges is that Fairphone chipset maker Qualcomm uses only support for its processors for a number of years. As of last December, Qualcomm has supported its chips for three major operating system updates and four years of security updates. However, once that support ends, manufacturers like Fairphone are on their own if they want to continue to keep their phones up to date.
For the Android 10 update to the Fairphone 2, the company claims to have worked with its community to speed up the update process. With the help of Indian software developer Bharath Ravi Prakash, Fairphone claims that the Android 10 update for the Fairphone 2 took just 10 months to develop, compared to 18 months for Android 9.
Today’s news will be welcome for anyone still using a Fairphone 2 and wanting to take advantage of Android 10 features such as gesture navigation and support for a system-level dark mode. operation. But it’s also reassuring for anyone planning to pick up their latest phone, the Fairphone 4, which the company hopes to continue supporting for six years until 2027.