This phone, launched in 2015 with Android 5, is getting its last software update and then retiring

The Fairphone 2, launched with Android 5 in 2015 as an environmentally conscious smartphone, is now receiving the ultimate software update after seven years of its launch, the company has announced, indicating that the second generation of the Fairphone is retiring.

In 2015, the company launched the Fairphone 2 for EUR 529.38 (approx Rs 46,036.47), and the smartphone was limited to the residents of Europe. It has a 5-inch 1080p display and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, whose support was ceased in 2016 by the chip maker. The chipset was paired with 2GB of RAM. Let us take a look at the available details about the Fairphone 2 and its final software update.

Fairphone 2 receives its last software update

In January 2023, the company said a final Fairphone 2 software upgrade for Android 10 would be available in March. Users can continue to use their smartphones normally after installing this. Nevertheless, it will be the final upgrade in terms of software support. If there is a bug that customers think will be resolved, “that won’t happen anymore”.

The smartphone will begin to lag in terms of security upgrades beginning in March 2023. The company advised consumers to avoid using apps that access critical data after May 2023; if a severe vulnerability exists that the Fairphone 2 is vulnerable to, the company said it would be unable to fix it

Several security-critical apps, such as banking apps, will eventually see the device as outdated and cease functioning. This is certainly a few years away, but because it is app dependent, it is difficult to predict when it could occur. Normal applications will continue to function for many years, the company stated in a blogpost earlier this year.

While replying to a user on Twitter who asked if there is any Fairphone with Android 13?, the company replied that it is planning to provide an upgrade to the latest Android 13 for the Fairphone 4 between April and December this year. However, it refrained from giving any additional details.

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