Today Fairphone has released Fairphone Open, an open version of Android 6 Marshmallow, to its users. This version of Android has publically available source code and does not have pre-installed Google Mobile Services (GMS), while the standard Fairphone OS comes with these popular services. Fairphone Open gets the same support, regular updates and security fixes as the regular Fairphone OS.
Fairphone also announced a partnership with Qwant, the European search engine that protects its users privacy. Fairphone aims to include the search engine on the Fairphone 2. Based in France, Qwant provides an ethical and comprehensive search engine that does not collect any personal information.
Giving choice to our community
The release of Fairphone Open continues to give users the opportunity to choose between two different operating systems that Fairphone actively supports. Those give everyone the choice to choose actively what apps and services they want to run on their devices. By publishing the source code Fairphone also invites everyone to contribute to the ecosystem of the Fairphone 2. This has already enabled the Fairphone community to independently port different operating systems to the Fairphone. These include Lineage OS (with Android 7) Sailfish OS, Firefox OS and Ubuntu Touch by UBports.
More alternative operating systems
Fairphone launched code.fairphone.com in the beginning of 2016, which is an open source and development website that contains the code for the Open Android Version of Fairphone OS and now also shows the code for its newly released operating system Android 6 Open. The release of the source code lays bare how the device functions, and with programming experience every user can find out through this code how their device works. This form of transparency gives everyone the opportunity to fully understand and control their device. Apart from booting alternative operating systems on the Fairphone 2, users could even write their own software updates based on the source code, which supports Fairphone’s vision for long lasting devices.