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. So in 2021, we upgraded the Fairphone 2 to Android 9. But we didn’t stop there. With the community’s help, we raised the bar once again: In mid-November 2021, we rolled out the first Android 10 beta release for testing. The public release in early 2022 will mark an unprecedented seven years of software support. This is in stark contrast to the industry standard. Without the help 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.

Control your data

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.

7 years of software support

Our 6-year-old Fairphone 2 is being upgraded to Android 10 – that’s 7 years of software support. An industry first for an Android device! Beta testing of Android 10 for Fairphone 2 started in November 2021, with the aim to be publicly available in early 2022.

We’re on a journey to change the electronics industry, and our superpower is our incredible community! We collaborated with the Fairphone open source community to help build the operating system. At Fairphone, we’re constantly raising the bar for ourselves and the industry, proving that it is possible to put sustainability at the heart of technology.

/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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