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FP4: Google-free Android

Fairphone has provided support/documentation on using a Google-free version of Android on their FP2 and FP3(+), however I haven’t found any information on (planned) support for Google-free Android on the Fairphone 4. For me this would be a critical thing to know before placing an order. Can anyone provide information on that?

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The /e/ foundation plans to support the FP4 “by the end of the year”:

In a second step, /e/ will probably offer the FP4 with /e/ pre-installed, too (this will probably come with a little extra premium on the price given /e/ needs to do this manually).

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I’ve seen these things on Twitter today

Yes, /e/ foundation is a valuable partner for Fairphone & our aim is to be ready for commercialization by October 25, which means /e/ being compatible with FP4 & /e/foundation having stock to sell it pre-installed.

The postmarketOS support is pretty close already

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Also note also Fairphone supports /e/'s statement on some hidden “legal” page:

Fairphone facilitates open-source and enables openness for Your Fairphone 4. Your Fairphone 4 will be made available with the alternative operating system /e.

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Some patches are sent to be included in the mainline Linux kernel!
That means that, in the future, it will be simpler to build platforms supporting FP4.
But this is the beginning…

https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/20211003083141.613509-1-luca@z3ntu.xyz/T/#m3fd26f82701f4ac68fbe3acbf60dc5f5633a93ff

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Really interesting! It’s nice that @z3ntu made this :slight_smile:

Reading this page, I learned that Snapdragon 750G is almost the same as Snapdragon 690, that’s why the first leaks anticipated the FP4 with a Snapdragon 690 processor :laughing:

The Snapdragon 750G (sm7225) is software-wise very similar to Snapdragon
690 (sm6350) with minor differences in clock speeds and as added here,
it uses the Kryo 570 instead of Kryo 560.

As we discussed in private, we discovered after some poking on the Xperia 10 III and FP4, Qualcomm decided to use the “lagoon” codename for at least 3 SoCs, two of which are 6350 and 7225, with the third (and possibly more, eh…) yet to be discovered. For now we can tell the max GPU clock is over 50% higher on the 7225, but we’ll get to know more differences as we progress forward.

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