Redesigned fairphone 2 introduced

asked 2016-10-20 12:21:16 +0200

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There is a redesigned Fairphone 2 with a slim case available It looks smarter than the one with the bumper around the display and they`re offering 4 colored backcovers.

Three of them conjured up memories: poppy red, aloe and snow white... ;-)

Since the phone seems to have an expansion port for backcovers, who knows...

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It is such a pity that Jolla and the good folks at FairPhone are not able to come to an agreement and work together to provide a fully supported SFOS experience on the FP2. Both communities are keen to see and buy such a device and from polls in the FP community it is clear that a higher price for licensing SFOS would be well accepted. Why can't Jolla and FP get their act together?

hubat ( 2016-10-20 12:59:43 +0200 )edit

good question, it's a shame with the new bumper and full sfos support it whould be the perfect phone for europe. I whould pay 100 € in addition but i don't know where the problems is

Vlad ( 2016-10-20 13:05:23 +0200 )edit

Why SFOS does not work in this device? The Fairphone folks want only Google? Little bit strange...I would like to buy this phone but not with Google inside.

alloj ( 2016-10-20 13:08:22 +0200 )edit

Fairphone is not just about SW / HW; they have to certify the products they put on the FP2 are 100% fair (in many ways which I do not know). Jolla might be missing this certification, for starters (I do not know what reasons for, but I might guess the tablet issue does not help with this)

tortoisedoc ( 2016-10-20 13:20:50 +0200 )edit

@alloj No, the situation on the FP2 is pretty good, actually.

Firstly does the FP2 community have the option between quite a number of interesting OSes, FP Open OS, Firefox OS, Cyanomod, etc.

Secondly does SFOS work on the FP2 in form of a community port. In fact it apparently is the best supported 3rd party hardware by a SFOS community port around, as far as I know. Many thanks to all the great people creating these ports, BTW.

It's just that such a community port, due to it's nature, cannot come with propriatry 3rd party components, i.e. Alien Dalvik (for supporting Android apps), Here maps or MS Exchange support. These components require proper licensing agreements that only Jolla could possibly arrange for. As these features are important to many people (including me), these people can only consider buying a high-price phone once there is a fully Jolla licensed and supported official version around.

That's why we all hope for Jolla to embrace the existing community port and use it to add the 3rd party pieces to it, put a price tag onto it and allow FP to ship their phone with that version pre-installed with a higher price. Doesn't sound too hard to do, IMHO.

But to finally answer your question: If you are happy with a completely google free SFOS experience, also excluding any android support, you can use the FP2 as it is and flash it with the very stable alpha2 community port and you should be happy with that fine piece of software running on that fine piece of hardware :-)

hubat ( 2016-10-20 13:29:15 +0200 )edit