Fairphone 2 with Snapdragon 801 officially receives a beta of Android 9 Pie
Much of the conversation in the tech world revolves around large companies like Google, Samsung, and Apple. They have the resources to pump out devices and dominate the space, but there are smaller players as well. Fairphone is one such player and it has been around for quite a while, actually. The company is now rolling out a beta of Android 9 Pie to its Fairphone 2.
This news is significant for a couple of reasons. First of all, back in 2018, the Fairphone 2 was the first and only phone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 to get Android Nougat. The Fairphone 2 was released in 2015 and in 2016 Qualcomm announced it would not be providing support for the Snapdragon 801 on Android 7.0 Nougat. Now, not only is the 5-year old device moving past Nougat, it’s skipping straight to Android 9 Pie.
Announced on Twitter, Fairphone says a beta version of Android 9 is now available for the Fairphone 2. The company is starting the beta test with the current group of people who are signed up for beta releases. Maarten Derks, a tech lead at Fairphone, says they will open up registration for new testers soon. If you’re not in the beta group already, sit tight.
We’re excited to announce that a beta version of Android 9 is now available for Fairphone 2! This makes it one of only a few Android phones released in 2015 to still receive continued software support and we couldn’t be prouder. 🙌 💚 #daretocare #longevity #sustainability pic.twitter.com/OBLl1Lz8Y2
— Fairphone (@Fairphone) June 16, 2020
If you’re unfamiliar with Fairphone, the company is all about using ethically sourced materials and limiting waste. The Fairphone 2 has a modular design to make it easy to repair, rather than throwing the device away when something breaks. It’s designed to be able to last a long time, which makes software updates very important. Beyond the Snapdragon 801, the Fairphone 2 sports 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 2,420 mAh battery, and a 5-inch 1080p display. The company also has the newer Fairphone 3 available.