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Android 9 Update: Five-year-old Fairphone 2 getting updated to three-year-old

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Five-year-old Fairphone 2 getting updated to almost three-year-old Android 9

Sustainable smartphone producer Fairphone has gotten Google’s certification for its Android 9 Update for the Fairphone 2. Getting certification for an almost three-year-old model of Android doesn’t sound that spectacular till you understand that it’s operating on a cellphone initially launched 5 years in the past when it ran Android 5. The roll-out of the software program begins in the present day, and can proceed till April 18th, Fairphone says.

It’s a size of assist that’s mainly extraordinary amongst Android cellphone producers. Though Fairphone 2 homeowners aren’t going to have the ability to benefit from the newest Android 11 options, the extra necessary factor is that they’re operating a model of Android that’s nonetheless formally supported. Google’s newest Android safety bulletin from this month consists of a number of fixes for safety points in Android 9.

Five-year-old Fairphone 2 getting updated to almost three-year-old Android 9

The Fairphone 2’s Android 9 Update has been within the works for some time and was launched in beta means again in June 2020. On the time, Fairphone outlined the challenges it had in attempting to assist such an outdated cellphone, together with the truth that Qualcomm not supplies assist for the processor contained in the system, a Snapdragon 801, which initially introduced again in 2014.

“To get Google certification for Android 9 for Fairphone 2 simply as we hit 5 years of assist for the smartphone is a large achievement for Fairphone,” says CEO of Fairphone Eva Gouwens. “With the intention to get certification, we needed to go roughly 477,000 Google checks.”

“We need to present the trade that this type of factor is feasible, {that a} smartphone doesn’t need to be discarded after 2-3 years, we are able to delay it’s lifespan,” the CEO added.

The one different smartphone producer that gives an identical size of assist for its units is Apple, which final 12 months launched iOS 14, its newest cellphone OS, for its 2015 iPhone 6S. Android producers, whereas behind Apple, are bettering. Samsung now provides 4 years of safety updates for its latest Galaxy units, whereas Google provides three years of updates for its Pixel telephones, and OnePlus says it plans to launch Android 11 for its 2018 OnePlus 6 and 6T.

The Fairphone 2’s Update to Android 9 this lengthy after launch bodes nicely for the corporate’s long-term assist of its newer Fairphone 3 and three Plus telephones. The corporate says the telephones needs to be up to date to Android 11 within the second half of this 12 months, with “yet one more main Android improve” coming thereafter. Software program assist and spare components availability is ready to proceed till 2024.

Hassan Zia is an accomplished News writer & working journalist in the industry for over 5 years. At Pakistan print media he established his skills in writing and publishing multiple news stories of daily reporting beats ranging from crime, drama, business, entertainment. An activist at heart Zia believes in sensitizing audiences on issues of social justice and equality. Using powerful technique of storytelling on humanistic themes: women, children, labor, peace & diversity etc. his work underpins the causes he’s concerned about. Besides being known for his activism and community work Zia is also associated with renowned universities as a visiting faculty member for over 3 years now. His academic background is a Masters in Mass in Communication.