Monday, August 8

The Fairphone 2 from 2015 has been updating with Android for 6 years and we wonder why other manufacturers do not do the same

In July 2015, the Fairphone 2 was presented, a modular and sustainable smartphone that was once again stand out for its repairability and for its respect for the environment. What we did not know is that six years later this mobile would continue to give good news.

It has done so because its managers have just published an update – still in beta – that allows you to use the FairPhone 2 with Android 10. It is true that it is far from the most recent version of Android, but that 6 years later this mobile continues to be updated is fantastic; The sad thing is that the rest of the manufacturers – with Google at the head – do not follow those same steps.

The one who wants, can

They commented on it for example en Android Authority, where they realized that the Fairphone 2 is one of those few examples that show that our devices actually they could take much longer than they can. Not because we continue to use them, but also because manufacturers continue to support and update their software.

At Apple it’s something they boast about with strong arguments: the iPhone 6s / Plus can be updated to iOS 15, the latest version of this mobile operating system, and it has also been six years since its launch.

It is true that Apple’s situation favors it: they release three mobile phones every year, while some Android mobile manufacturers may get dozens of them – we are looking at you, Xiaomi. Others have less excuse, of course, and although they barely take out 4 or 5 terminals a year, updates to new versions of Android are few or late. Or both things.

The truth is that the fact that a company with very limited resources like Fairphone can manage to support a terminal for six years makes the situation be very criticizable for manufacturers with much more ability to move tab.

Fairphone 2

The Fairphone 2 continues to wage war six years later.

Almost all are guilty, although it is true that there are efforts to extend this support period. Xiaomi Has promised up to three versions of Android OS and four years of security patches recently, and Samsung also recently announced that 46 of its terminals They will have Android 12 in the coming months.

However the problem persists, and Google itself sets a bad example: It was rumored that with the Pixel 6 there would be five-year cycles of updates to Android systems, but actually those five years, but nothing about that: they will have five years of security patches, but only guaranteed Android version updates until October 2024, that is, three new versions of the operating system.

Android Versions

That keeps the perennial criticism of Android fragmentation still very real: Android 11 currently has a 24.2% share, while Android 10 has 26.5% and Android 9 18.2%. The latest data from Google doesn’t even include Android 12, which has only been on the market for a month.

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The fragmentation problem doesn’t really have that much of an impact thanks to efforts that Google put in years ago. Project Treble was one of them, but so was that gradual transition to a model that made the weight of Android as an operating system was reduced to give more prominence to updates to your services and applications.

The idea was simple: your terminal may not be updated to Android 12, but it will enjoy many of the advantages of those terminals because many services and applications are independent of that version and they keep the terminal feeling relatively new despite the passage of time.

That, of course, does not matter, because even so many manufacturers should follow the example of a Fairphone that has shown that whoever wants can, and that terminals of four, five or six years ago could receive new versions of Android without too many problems.

Image | Denny Müller