Fairphone, the Dutch social enterprise devoted to creating client electronics (extra) sustainable and moral, together with by supporting repairability in order that customers can maintain onto their {hardware} for longer, has introduced public testing of Android 10 for the six-year-old Fairphone 2.

Owners of the modular handset that was first launched again in 2015, operating Android 5, ought to count on to have the ability to improve to Android 10 (launched date: 2019) in early 2022, Fairphone mentioned in the present day, saying the beta rollout of the improve.

Fairphone stopped producing (however not supporting) the Fairphone 2 again in 2018 — happening to launch the Fairphone 3 (in 2019), the Fairphone 3+ (in 2020, additionally out there as a modular improve to the three) and, earlier this fall, the Fairphone 4, its first 5G handset — which it mentioned could be supported till at the least 2025.

Given the Fairphone 2’s impending replace to Android 10 subsequent 12 months — which is able to imply it’s going to have been supported for a complete of seven years — 2025 seems to be like a conservative estimate of how lengthy Fairphone 4 house owners ought to count on to obtain software program help.

Fairphone says it collaborated with its neighborhood of customers for the Android 10 improve mission — and with a software program developer in India, Bharath Ravi Prakash, which it says labored as a volunteer open supply dev — and by doing that claims it was in a position to streamline the method and shrink the time required to hold out the improve.

So whereas the prior Fairphone 2 OS replace (to Android 9) took 18 months, this time the method has been condensed to 10 months.

Google, in the meantime, has gone on to launch Android 11 (2020) and Android 12 (final month) — for a way of how far behind the Fairphone 2 upgrades are trailing the most recent OS launch.

“The company learned a lot from the Android 9 upgrade and although still complex, Android 10 was more predictable than Android 9,” Fairphone notes in a press launch, which additionally quotes its head of software program longevity & IT, Agnes Crepet, who writes: “Our unique approach to software has allowed us to help our users keep their devices for as long as possible. We’re pleased to be able to provide our Fairphone 2 community with yet another software upgrade, reaching our goal to provide at least five years of support from launch for our phones and with the Android 10 upgrade, we’re going beyond that to seven years of support. We are constantly raising the bar for ourselves and the industry, showing that doing things more sustainably in software is possible.”

Seven years’ help places Fairphone into Apple iPhone software program help timespans. But after all the typical Android-based handset can count on honest fewer years of software program love — usually Android smartphones solely get round three years’ help. So it’s a significant achievement.

And whereas Fairphone might solely now be catching as much as Apple on the software program longevity entrance it’s already years forward of Cupertino in one other respect: Hardware sustainability by means of repairability through modular development and providing direct-to-consumer spare components.

Earlier this month Apple introduced that, beginning subsequent 12 months, it will kick off a “Self Service Repair” program — transport spare components and restore instruments to iPhone and Mac customers to allow them to carry out primary repairs at residence.

It’s under no circumstances full modularity from the corporate that has — traditionally — beloved a hermetically sealed, stupidly skinny, typically actually glued shut field, however it’s a small step in a extra sustainable path. And one which Fairphone has lengthy pioneered.


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