Just to follow up on the recent post about ethical phone makers @Fairphone , a number of people asked if there was a more ethical OS on it too.
Fairphone comes with stock Google Android by default, but
Fairphone also make their own de-googlised version of Android called Fairphone Open:
It doesn't come with the Fairphone by default, but because it's provided by Fairphone themselves it's relatively easy to install:
@switchingsocial Do want!
Fairphone 3 coming soon (hopefully!) 🤞
@switchingsocial Was just on their site to price it, and sad to not see any for sale. Bookmarked for future reference.
The "word on the street" is that the new model will be unveiled on 27th August, so that's next Tuesday.
About pricing, bear in mind Fairphones cost a bit more than rivals' devices because Fairphone are trying to pay people a fair wage all down the supply chain, from factories to raw materials.
As far as I know, no other phone manufacturer does this.
Looks good, still want to mention, that you will encounter problems when using non-FOSS apps. Also, this might get more complicated with future android versions. For example systemizing Apps is more complicated with Android 8.0 plus. Therefore some Apps mentioned in the Fairphone forum can not be systemized like explained there, and therefore cannot be used. For example the UnifiedNLP backend.
Yup, good points.
I'm guessing this is why it doesn't come on the phone by default.
It would be a massive support headache for a small indie manufacturer if people buy a phone that can't do many common apps (which is unfortunately often the case with degooglised Android).
Making a degooglised version optional but easy to install seems like the least worst compromise.
The fairphone is also supported by ubports. The project that took over for ubuntu touch.
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