From the very beginning Open Source software has been an important topic for Fairphone – it’s part of our history and DNA.
We often say that software is the unsung hero of longer-lasting phones. But in an industry built around selling the newest model, it’s no surprise that long lasting software support is not a priority.
2021 marks 5 years of continuous support of the Fairphone 2, making it the only smartphone of that generation to receive an upgrade to Android 9. This is in stark contrast to the industry standard, which sees chipset vendors end their support after two to three Android versions. Without the support of the Open-Source community this industry first would never have been possible. This is why we need and will always continue to support Open-Source ambitions.
Chances are you’ve grown increasingly aware of data security over the past few years; this isn’t just about protecting your email password or credit card number anymore. We’ve seen first hand, in real-time, the cost of intensive data extraction on our society. There are huge forces at play here, but we hope to influence them by increasing awareness and availability of open-source software (like /e/OS, LineageOS). Until operating systems like this become the norm, it is up to each one of us to be vigilant about our own data.
Setting new standards and reshaping an entire industry takes serious, long-term commitment – and likeminded changemakers. So we partnered with /e/ Foundation, to make their privacy-focused operating system accessible to all. /e/OS doesn’t scan, access or track user data multiple times per day. All your favorite Android apps can still be used, with /e/OS notifying you of built-in trackers hidden within each app. Fairphone 3 and 3+ with /e/OS preinstalled is available on their webshop.
Beyond Android updates for the Fairphone 2, we also have our own alternative Android operating system – Fairphone Open, which is exclusive to Fairphone 2. We wanted to create a path for developers to engage with our growing community and promote our core values on longevity and transparency.
We believe that offering an alternative Operating System like Fairphone Open supports the growing demand of consumers who are concerned about their personal data and surveillance capitalism.
You’ll find the full open source code to build your own Fairphone OS in our Open Source documentation.
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