31 August 2017
Fairphone, a fastest growing tech company in Europe was also present at the MWC 2017 event, Barcelona. However, not for a new smartphone, they rather showcased their old and highly influential modular smartphone Fairphone 2 at the fair. But, they did have something new to announce and that is the new Android update for their Fairphone 2 smartphone.
Fairphone announced at MWC that in the coming weeks, they will release Android 6.0 Marshmallow upgrade to the Fairphone 2. The security updates will be fed first before this software update. The company also promises that along with this software update, Fairphone 2 will also receive a hardware improvement in coming months and that is the new camera module for both back and the front camera that will improve the quality.
To recall, the modular smartphone had received 10 on 10 on the scale of iFixit, meaning the device doesn’t give you any trouble while repairing; the smartphone is most easy to repair than others.
Bas Van Abel, Founder, and CEO of Fairphone in Barcelona said,
People are risking their lives in mines to gain minerals so users are getting newer and thinner smartphones. "We asked ourselves: How do you make a smartphone with which you can change something?". The company wants to produce its smartphones as far as possible without exploitation of man and nature and to promote a movement for fairer electronics. Fairphone has already been awarded the Blue Angel environmental label and the German Environment Prize. The new camera module will therefore not only be integrated into newly purchased devices. Owners of a Fairphone 2 can also retrofit themselves.
Fairphone also shared that they have sold over 125,000 Fairphones phones. Fairphone has successfully entered the business industry and successfully serving these customers.
At the MWC event, the company also shared their idea of relying on the modularity. Fairphone addressed recycling by saying “although a smartphone can’t really be repaired but they wanted to make a contribution and had determined in the course of a study, which is the best way to recycle the device to get as many recyclable materials as possible.”
Disassembling has proven to be a smart way, but at the same time, the company very honestly conveyed that still the device can only be recycled to 31%. No matter, the recycling percentage is low, but it isn’t as low as other smartphones. Fairphone has at least made a fair contribution to this problem and attained a great success.