An Android mobile reached a difficult milestone to see in popular manufacturers, having 7 years of full support with updates.
In it world without iOS there are notable support difficulties between different manufacturers. The most concrete example is Android among an incredible range of devices. For a few years they have promised to be constant between updates to offer new functions, improvements and to be at the forefront in terms of security. A manufacturer that is not so “in” has achieved something that no other popular has done, Fairphone provided 7 years of support to one of its models.
The Fairphone 2 reached 7 years of support
To cite the example of Samsung, it has announced up to 4 years of operating system support and 5 years dedicated to security patches, including mid-range mobiles. Different manufacturers have already committed to offering an acceptable support time before the obvious example that has characterized Apple for years. Most Android manufacturers reach 3 years, somewhat reduced considering that Apple offers up to double.
In the case of Fairphoneis a company that stands out for the manufacturing and production of smart phones in an ethical way and ecological. One of these characteristics is to offer the greatest possible support for a device precisely in order to end the daily and express launches that some brands (eg Xiaomi) carry out throughout the year.
The Fairphone Model 2 originally launched with Android 5 Lollipopreceived security patches and fluent updates. It reached Android 10 and the device will officially remain valid until May 2023. In the words of the head of software, Agnes Crepet, she stated that “Fairphone’s end of life is bittersweet.” For financial and industry reasons it was not feasible to give it an indefinite life. They are proud to be a responsible company and to have given this device 7 years of life. Android is currently on version 13.
The latest model of Fairphone paints for a long time
The company’s Model 4 was launched in 2021 and continues without any limitations. We do not doubt that it can reach a milestone similar to its predecessor, although we know that the competition is increasingly aggressive.. Android manufacturers seek to include the best specifications to be pleasing and compete in the market. They are clear that it is important to support their devices, although little is known about Android.
In my purely personal case, I use a Xiaomi device from the end of 2019 and it has Android 11, I have updated it 2 times and the manufacturer has not released a security patch for a couple of months. The MIUI customization layer is in its latest stable version, although it will no longer be compatible for the next one (14).
I can affirm that Android and its manufacturers have taken a step forward but what are they few brandssuch as Fairphone, Samsung or the same Google Pixel, which are truly committed to supporting your devices. Xiaomi has many ranges and models that do not cover the same support time.
If you are the owner of a Fairphone 2, you can continue using it taking into account that in May 2023 it could be vulnerable in security matters. The company offers a reuse and recycling program with which you can obtain a coupon of 50 euros to use it in your online store. You have until March 31, 2023 to register.