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The fairest of them all just got fairer

Published date: June 2019


Great news for all Fairphone users, the June software update has been released. This update is part of their continuous efforts to improve customers experience and security.

The Fairphone remains the world’s first ethical smartphone, built to last with great performance and a fair supply chain. They work with initiatives that source conflict-free tin, tungsten and tantalum and Fairtrade gold - supporting communities, not conflict.

So, what’s new?

  • Improved (H.264) video playback performance
  • Remove broken dialler app settings
  • Enable UnifiedNlp support
  • Update Hiccup app: Make device UUID copy-able
  • Updated Updater app
  • Updated built-in Google apps
  • 2019-03-01 security patch level

Full release notes:

Fairphone OS version 19.05.3 (Android 7.1) - 4 June, 2019

  • Enable H.264 hardware video decoding, excluding the secure decoder (issue #28 on the public bug tracker)
  • Remove broken dialer app settings (issue #29 on the public bug tracker)
  • Enable UnifiedNlp support (issue #33 on the public bug tracker)
  • Update Hiccup app: Make device UUID copy-able
  • Update Updater app:
  • Allow downloads via mobile data connection (issue #81 on the public bug tracker)
  • Fix: check for blocking updates only for 6 to 7
  • Update AppsOrange to "App Center" v5.1
  • Update built-in Google apps
  • 2019-03-01 security patch level

Why Choose the Fairphone 2?

As the UK's only telecoms co-operative we look for sustainable suppliers who treat people fairly and Fairphone fit the bill. They do things differently and aim to create a positive social and environmental impact from the beginning to the end of a phone’s life cycle.

Fairphone believe that long term relationships are the foundation for good working conditions. They work closely with selected suppliers to assess the current situation, uncover the underlying issues and take a collaborative approach to improvement.


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