Android Police

Fairphone 3

15

LineageOS 18.1 comes to a bunch of phones from Samsung, Xiaomi, and more

LineageOS 18.1 comes to a bunch of phones from Samsung, Xiaomi, and more

LineageOS 18.1 has been with us for some time now. I've always liked the LineageOS project a lot, starting back from the days when its predecessor, CyanogenMod, was still a thing. It allowed you to take almost any Android phone, new or old, and get it running a clean version of the latest flavor of Android. Now LineageOS 18.1 is landing for a handful of new Android smartphones, including devices from Samsung, Xiaomi, and BG.

Read More
38

This company will sell you a modified Galaxy S9 without any proprietary Google software

This company will sell you a modified Galaxy S9 without any proprietary Google software

We're big fans of Google, obviously. But we also live in the real world, where Google does a lot of stuff that's unambiguously bad. If you want to use open source Android without getting its parent company involved, then you have a few options. Previously only available in Europe, the eSolutions shop is now selling versions of the Galaxy S9 scrubbed clean of all proprietary Google software to the US and Canada.

Read More
13

LineageOS 17.1 adds support for OnePlus Nord, 2013 Nexus 7, and more

LineageOS 17.1 adds support for OnePlus Nord, 2013 Nexus 7, and more

LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM around, and for good reason. It has extended the life of many phones and tablets that would have otherwise been abandoned, and even for phones still receiving software updates from the original manufacturer, Lineage can sometimes work better than the stock software. Since our last roundup, LineageOS 17.1 has arrived on eight more devices, including the OnePlus Nord and 2013 Google Nexus 7.

Read More
2

LineageOS 17.1 arrives on the OnePlus 5T, Galaxy S5, Fxtec Pro¹, and others

LineageOS 17.1 arrives on the OnePlus 5T, Galaxy S5, Fxtec Pro¹, and others

LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM around, bringing new Android updates to abandoned phones, and a stock-like experience (with or without Google software) to newer devices. The last time we covered the project, it added support for a handful of phones from Huawei, Sony, Xiaomi, and OnePlus. Since then, many more devices have made their way to the official roster.

Read More
15

Fairphone 3+ now available for pre-order, featuring 40% recycled plastic and upgraded cameras

Fairphone 3+ now available for pre-order, featuring 40% recycled plastic and upgraded cameras

Most current-day smartphones aren't very repairable (the Galaxy S20 Ultra received a 3/10 repair score from iFixit), and are often produced with materials that can be harmful to the environment. Fairphone has been attempting to address these issues over the past few years, and now the company has released an upgraded version of last year's Fairphone 3.

Read More
43

Fairphone and /e/ are teaming up to sell a Google-less Android phone

Fairphone and /e/ are teaming up to sell a Google-less Android phone

The Fairphone 3 is the perfect choice for somebody who values a repairable, environment-friendly phone, but just like most other handsets, it runs an Android version with Google apps out of the box — not ideal for someone who is additionally looking to take the Californian company out of the equation. That's where a new cooperation with /e/OS, the de-Googlefied Android version based on LineageOS and microG, comes in. The foundation behind it will start selling the Fairphone 3 equipped with its Android fork on May 6.

Read More
37

Fairphone 3 review: A surprisingly great repairable phone with one fatal flaw

Fairphone 3 review: A surprisingly great repairable phone with one fatal flaw

The creators behind the Fairphone tout a special mission that contrasts sharply with the rest of the industry: They want to create repairable, long-lasting devices sourced from the fairest possible resources. Of course, this means compromises you won't see in other modern phones. The advantage of the removable back and the replaceable parts makes the Fairphone 3 bigger, less efficient, and more "old-fashioned" than other phones. Plus, some performance sacrifices had to be made to keep the price reasonable.

Read More
Mastodon