The Fairphone 2 finally goes to Android 7.1 Nougat, thanks to an official portage, and dubbed by the manufacturer, LineageOS 14.1.
Fairphone a announced on Twitter the arrival of LineageOS, the reference of alternative ROMs, on his “last” smartphone. The Fairphone 2 was launched in December 2015 with Android 5.1, the most common version. Then it passed in April 2017 to Android 6.0 so the latest version to date. He has since stagnated on Marshmallow.
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The Fairphone 2 goes to Android 7.1 Nougat, via LineageOS
Certainly, Fairphone is one of the if not the smartphone manufacturer broadcasting the security updates the fastest . But the durable smartphone still does not enjoy Android 7.x Nougat more than a year after its release. Bas Van Abel, the founder of the ethical manufacturer, explained to us to depend on Qualcomm, the SoC’s manufacturer of the device. It is true that no terminal Snapdragon 801 has been updated to Nougat. Qualcomm rejects responsibility for the builders.
Android 7.1 Nougat on Fairphone 2
Volunteer developers LineageOS have meanwhile passed their official drivers, since they still propose LineageOS 14.1, based on Android 7.1 Nougat, on the Fairphone 2. It could in return that the performance but also and especially that the energy management is not optimal and that the autonomy is reduced, whereas it is not already the fort of Fairphone 2.
Note, however, that an unofficial port of LineageOS 14.1 already existed. The availability of an official portage is a guarantee of quality.
The hackers do not lose anything else, since the Fairphone OS was also an Android “stock”, with no other customization than a lot of wallpapers.
LineageOS 14.1 for Fairphone 2 is therefore available now on the LineageOS official website. Installation instructions are available at this address . The Fairphone 2 is an open smartphone, so the manipulations are quite simple.
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