A growing number of smartphone makers are promising to deliver major operating system updates and security updates for at least three to five years. But a small Dutch company called Fairphone has earned a reputation for pushing past that boundary. Today the company released its final OS update for the Fairphone 2… a smartphone that […]
Fairphone 2 will get its final update in March (ending 7 years of official support)
The Fairphone 2 is a smartphone that launched in 2015 and originally shipped with Android 5.1 software. But it was conceived as a modular, repairable phone that was built to last. And the folks at Fairphone planned to offer software updates for at least 3 to 5 years. They did much better than that, delivering […]
Lilbits: Handbrake adds AV1 support, Fairphone 4 can now run Android 13 (unofficially)
The Fairphone 4 is a smartphone with mid-range specs that began shipping in 2021, but which should be supported at least until the end of 2025 thanks to Fairphone’s commitment not only to continue releasing software updates, but also spare parts. And while Fairphone has a pretty good track record of providing its own software […]
Mobile Linux distro postmarketOS 22.12 brings Fairphone 4 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 support
PostmarketOS is a Linux-based operating system designed for smartphones and tablets. Originally envisioned as a solution to breathe new life into old Android phones, these days it’s also a popular solution for new devices that never shipped with Android in the first place, like the PinePhone, PineTab, and Librem 5. This week the postmarketOS team […]
Ubuntu Touch now available for the Fairphone 4
The Fairphone 4 is an Android phone with mid-range specs that stands out for a few reasons. It comes from a company that attempts to source materials from ethically responsible sources, and which also focuses on longevity by offering spare parts, repair guides, and long-term software updates. But if Android isn’t your thing, now there’s […]
Fairphone Easy is a different kind of smartphone subscription (pay to keep your phone longer rather than for upgrades)
Subscriptions are nothing new in the smartphone space. Wireless carriers and phone makers have long offered customers a chance to pay for phones in a series of monthly installments rather than putting down a bunch of cash up front. And many plans also include cheap or free upgrades to newer phones every few years. Fairphone’s […]
Android 11 is now available for the Fairphone 3 and 3+
Fairphone is a rather small fish in the big pond of phone makers. But the Dutch company continues to have one of the best track records around when it comes to supporting old hardware. Earlier this year Fairphone released a major operating system update for the Fairphone 2, a discontinued phone that was first released […]
Fairphone releases Android 10 update for a smartphone from 2015
The Fairphone 2 is a smartphone that shipped with Android 5.1 software when it was first released in 2015. Most phones from that time stopped receiving software updates years ago. But Fairphone has announced that an Android 10 update is now available for the Fairphone 2. The company began beta testing Android 10 for the […]
Fairphone 4 is a repairable, modular phone that’s made to last at least 5 years
At first glance, you could easily mistake the Fairphone 4 for any modern mid-range Android smartphone. It has a 6.3 inch LCD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor, up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage and a microSD card reader, but no headphone jack.
But unlike most phones, the Fairphone 4 is designed to last a long time.
It has a modular, repairable design that means not only can you remove and replace its battery, but also the speaker and camera modules, among other things.
Lilbits: A DIY Spotify Box, Microsoft’s Surface Adaptive Kit for accessibility, Fairphone 4, and more
This week Microsoft introduced new Surface tablets, a new Surface Duo 2 phone, and a new Surface Laptop Studio that are all scheduled to hit the streets soon. But the company also unveiled a new Surface Adaptive Kit that’s designed to make those devices, and many others, easier to use for people with disabilities. The […]