Fairphone—the sustainable, modular smartphone firm—continues to be transport updates to the 5-year-old Fairphone 2. The corporate gained’t win any awards for pace, however the cellphone—which launched in 2015 with Android 5—is now being up to date to Android 9.0. Probably the most fascinating a part of this information is a video from Fairphone detailing the replace course of the corporate went by means of, which affords extra transparency than we usually get from a smartphone producer. To listen to Fairphone inform the story of Android updates, the largest barrier to longer-term assist is—shock!—Qualcomm.
I assumed this was frequent data in our little nook of the world. Qualcomm has nearly a monopoly on the mid-to-high-end smartphone world in the case of SoCs, and so they have an extended historical past of reducing off assist for chipsets nicely earlier than these chipsets develop into unusable.