6-Year-Old Fairphone 2 to Receive Android 10

Netherlands-based social enterprise company today makes the official announcement to roll out the primary Android 10 to its 6-year-old Fairphone 2 smartphone.

The Fairphone 2 was originally introduced in December 2015 with pre-installed Android 5.1 Lollipop, powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, featuring a 5-inch 1080p IPS display, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, and packed with a 2420mAh battery capacity.

The Fairphone 2 received Android 6 in 2017, Android 7.1 in 2018, Android 9 in March 2021, and it is now updating to Android 10. The company said that the beta testing for Android 10 on Fairphone 2 starts today (November 22) and is to be rolling out for all users in early 2022.

Our 6-yr-old Fairphone 2 is being upgraded to Android 10. That’s 7 years of software support! An industry first for an Android device! Together with the open source community we built the operating system. Proving it is possible to put sustainability at the heart of tech.

Beta testing of Android 10 for Fairphone 2 starts today, with the aim to be publicly available in early 2022.

The Dutch company further said that the good news isn’t just limited to Fairphone 2, its successors – Fairphone 3 and Fairphone 3 Plus will be gaining the major Android 11 update, the beta testing starts this week.

But the good news doesn’t end there – for Fairphone 3 and 3+ users, beta testing for Android 11 also starts this week.

Released Android updates to much older smartphones seems a great step further taken by the company, especially a small company like “Fairphone.” As of now, Apple is the only tech giant which provides 6 years of iOS updates to the iPhone 6s that was originally introduced in September 2015.

For the latest Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, Google has committed to providing 5 years of security updates and major 3 years of major Android OS updates, meaning Fairphone is currently the only enterprise to give Android updates for the longest time.

Moreover, last month, the enterprise firm has officially launched its latest Fairphone 4 with the title of “Most Sustainable Smartphone to Date” that comes with pre-installed Android 11 and is expected to receive Android OS updates by 2027.

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