I had mixed emotions when I first read this, like how can you take so long to update a phone? But then I did realise that most Android manufacturers supports a phone only 2 or 3 years for security patches and updates (Apple of course sets the example here for 7+ years).

So yes actually it is something to boast about, being able to use an Android phone for 5+ years and still be assured of security patches and updates from Google. It makes the investment more worthwhile.

Now if only batteries lasted longer or could be replaced!!!

See https://www.theverge.com/2021/3/25/22349953/fairphone-2-android-9-update-sustainable-long-term-support

#technology #fairphone #android #securitypatches #updates

@WuxinGoat
73M

I’m very happy about this, had a fairphone 2 for 4-5 years now and its still doing alright. they’ve upgraded from I think android 5 to 6 to 7 in that time but hit a speed bump when android stopped supporting the chip in it so they had to hire a team of programmers to get android 9 working.

and the batteries, along with alot else in the fairphone 2, are replaceable, the batteries tend to last about 2 years before they need replacing. I’m trying to keep mine going till fairphone 4 is out.

I think I may go for lineage os at some point in the future though because google are evil.

@qoheniac
43M

My Fairphone 2 is now 3 and a half years old and I have no issues with the battery so far but I need a new bottom module every six to twelve month and those won’t be sold anymore from next month on. I bought one ahead but I guess at some point the bottom module will be the reason why I have to buy a new phone. :/

@WuxinGoat
23M

yea I sorta forget that I’ve had alot of trouble with bottom modules too, thanks for the heads up about them

@qoheniac
23M

The update to Android 9 solved a lot of software issues and I bought a magnetic connector and hope it makes the module last longer.

@WuxinGoat
23M

sadly I think all the bottom modules are sold out in the uk store, think ill have to check if mines in warranty. looking forward to when android 9 gets pushed out to me :)

@robb
23M

Micro usb sucks. Get yourself something like this

@qoheniac
13M

Got it, love it, hope it makes the module last longer. Thanks for the tip.

@qoheniac
13M

That’s probably a really good idea. Thanks!

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33M

Things like this is why I use LineageOS

Jama
43M

It’s not a viable option for everyone. It’s really important to give upgrades to every user, even not tech savvy ones. I’m really happy for what Fairphone manage to give to his users

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