Fairphone and Open Source

Fairphone’s ambition is to bring more fairness to software. We want to build trust with our community, support the software long after the phone is launched and put the users in control of their phone. One of the best tools for us to reach these goals is to embrace open source software. Alternative software routes are the answer to keep your Fairphone running securely for longer.

 

If you can’t open it, you don’t own it.

From the very beginning Open Source software has been an important topic for Fairphone – it’s part of our history and DNA.

On every smartphone we produce and sell – we publish as much source code as we legally can. And we share all of this information publicly with our users and community on our Fairphone Code website.

What we believe in

Software longevity

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.

Privacy by design

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.

/e/ Foundation partnership

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.

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Fairphone Open

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.

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Build your own Fairphone OS

You’ll find the full open source code to build your own Fairphone OS in our Open Source documentation.

View Open Source documentation >

Open Source Android OS for Fairphone 3 and 3+

In need of guidance and support relating to open source Android OS for the Fairphone 3 and 3+? We’ve got you covered.

View support article >

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