Five-year-old Fairphone 2 getting updated to almost three-year-old Android 9

Five-year-old Fairphone 2 getting updated to almost three-year-old Android 9


The Farphone 2 was originally released five years ago. | Photo by James Vincent / The Verge

Sustainable smartphone manufacturer Fairphone has gotten Google’s certification for its Android 9 update for the Fairphone 2. Getting certification for a nearly three-year-old version of Android doesn’t sound that impressive until you realize that it’s running on a phone originally released five years ago when it ran Android 5. The roll-out of the software starts today, and will continue until April 18th, Fairphone says.

It’s a length of support that’s basically unheard of among Android phone manufacturers. Although Fairphone 2 owners aren’t going to be able to enjoy the latest Android 11 features, the more important thing is that they’re running a version of Android that’s still officially supported. Google’s latest Android security…

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