Android 7 upgrade is available for Fairphone 2

Nov

13

2018

Fairphone has released Android 7.1.2 for the Fairphone 2. According to the manufacturer, it is the only phone with the Snapdragon 801-soc that has been upgraded to Android 7. Fairphone can now continue to provide security updates.

According to Fairphone, developing the Android 7 upgrade cost around half a million euros, including external development costs. The makers emphasize that this is a major investment, because the company itself is small and because only 100,000 copies of the Fairphone 2 have been sold.

The company continues to supply the device, now with Android 7. The upgrade to the new Android version allows Fairphone to continue offering security updates for the phone. Users can choose from two versions of Android 7 for their Fairphone 2: with or without Google apps.

Upgrading to a new version is difficult because of the soc. The device contains a Snapdragon 801, which Qualcomm no longer supports. Thanks to the open source community, the upgrade to Android 7 has been possible.

The goal of Fairphone is to make smartphones that can last a long time and be produced fairly. The Fairphone 2 came out in 2015 and then ran on Android 5. Last year the upgrade to Android 6 was released. The manufacturer also offers spare parts that can replace customers, including the LCD, micro USB port and battery.

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