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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. This announcement comes about a half a year after […]

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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.

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Fairphone 3 is no longer available for purchase (but spare parts are)

Fairphone, a company that makes smartphones using sustainable and ethically-sourced materials, has announced it’s ending sales of the Fairphone 3, a phone with a modular, repairable design that was launched in 2019. But the Fairphone 3 comes with five years of hardware and software support, so while it’s no longer available for purchase, folks who […]

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Lilbits: Surface Studio Book, Fairphone 4, and Honor’s first flagships since leaving Huawei

Microsoft may be preparing to launch an update to its Surface Book line of 2-in-1 devices, but rather than a detachable display, the new model may have an easel-style screen that you can pull forward for pen & graphics work. Fairphone, maker of modular, repairable phones made from ethically sourced materials, may be planning to […]

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Lilbits: Shuttle’s small workstation, HP’s gaming peripherals, Mele’s Quieter2 fanless mini PC

Small form-factor PC maker Shuttle is showing off a new small workstation-class computer during this week’s virtual Computex show. HP’s acquisition of gaming peripheral maker HyperX has been completed. A group of European companies trying to present ethical, sustainable, and open source options for smartphone users are banding together. And the folks behind the Linux-based […]

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Ubuntu Touch port for the Fairphone 3 running Android 10

The Fairphone 3 is a smartphone manufactured using ethically-sourced materials when possible and designed to be repairable – the phone’s maker sells replacement parts and even a camera upgrade module that essentially turns the phone into a Fairphone 3+. While the Fairphone 3 ships with Android software, the bootloader is unlockable and you can install […]

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Fairphone 2 is still getting Android updates 5 years after launch

Google, Qualcomm, and companies like Samsung are working to ensure that smartphones receive operating system and security updates for longer – buy a new Samsung phone today and it should still get security updates in four years. But a small Dutch company called Fairphone is doing a bit better than that. Kind of. Five years […]

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Fairphone’s new camera modules let you upgrade the Fairphone 3

When Dutch smartphone maker Fairphone introduced the Fairphone 3 last year, the social enterprise company described it as a modular phone built using ethically-sourced materials. Up until now that modular design meant you could buy replacement parts if you needed to repair or replace the screen, camera, battery, headphone jack, or other components. But now […]

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Fairphone 2 is still getting Android updates 5 years after launch (Android 9 Beta now available)

Fairphone‘s smartphones aren’t like most other phones. The Dutch company emphasizes the use of ethically-sourced materials in its phones, designs its devices to be easily repairable, and to last a long time. So while Fairphone has only released three smartphones in the past 7 years, it’s nice to see that the company’s second phone is […]

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Fairphone 3 is now available with either Android or the Google-free /e/ OS

The Fairphone 3 is a mid-range smartphone that stands out due to its easy-to-repair design that features components partially made from ethically-sourced materials. When the phone launched last summer it was only available with Android 9. But folks who prefer a Google-free experience now have another option. The /e/ foundation is selling the Fairphone 3 […]

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Fairphone 3 smartphone launches for 450€ (Modular, repairable, made from ethically-sourced materials)

The third smartphone from Fairphone continues to buck phone trends. Not only does the Fairphone 3 have a headphone jack, a microSD card, and a removable battery, but the smartphone also has six modular components that are designed to be easy to remove and replace. Fairphone says that means the phone could have a longer lifespan […]

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Fairphone 3 coming soon (ethically sourced materials, modular design)

The folks at Fairphone have been offering smartphones built from ethically-sourced components since late 2013. But in all that time the company has only actually shipped two models. Now a third is on the way. Evan Blass posted an image of the upcoming Fairphone 3 to Twitter about a week after a listing for the phone […]