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2015's Fairphone 2 now has a new stable Android update (for the last time)

The company won't be bringing Android 11 or Android 12 to the device, but this is still a fantastic run of support.

Published onMarch 9, 2022

  • The 2015-era FairPhone 2 has received a new, stable Android update.
  • FairPhone’s device is now running Android 10, almost seven years after its release.
  • The company told Android Authority that the phone won’t be receiving Android 11 or 12.

The Fairphone 2 was originally launched way back in 2015, bringing a more sustainable, DIY-friendly offering to the table. Fairphone has done an extraordinary job of keeping the device updated, bringing Android 9 to the device back in 2020.

Now, the company has announced that the stable Android 10 update is being pushed out to the Fairphone 2. This comes after an Android 10 beta program for the device late last year.

It’s not the latest or even the second-most recent Android update, but it’s still a massive deal. The news means that the Fairphone 2 has been supported for almost seven years now, making for an unprecedented achievement in the Android space. This achievement also came despite the phone’s Snapdragon 801 chipset reaching end-of-life status several years ago.

More reading: If Fairphone can update its six-year-old phone to Android 10, so can other OEMs

Interestingly, the company explained that upgrading to Android 10 was a faster, more streamlined process than 2020’s upgrade to Android 9, due to lessons learned from the 2020 upgrade.

The lengthy update commitment period is in sharp contrast to paltry update pledges from major OEMs like ASUS, HONOR, and Motorola. The achievement even calls into question three-year pledges from the likes of Google, Nokia, OnePlus, OPPO, vivo, and Xiaomi.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Fairphone confirmed to Android Authority that the Fairphone 2 won’t be receiving Android 11 or Android 12.

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