I was in Taiwan recently (mid-late December), where my FP4 updated to Android 12. There is also another thread about a user with an FP4 on A12 here
My phone is currently on build FP4.SP1X.B.029.20221118
Now back in Europe, my phone is attempting to update to FPA4I.A.0175 , which is a version of A11. This update has regularly failed for me, forcing me to reset my phone to factory settings.
In 12 days the update will be done automatically. How should I proceed? Should I wait for the European updates to catch up to A12? I would prefer not downgrading to A11 again, as everything is working fine. How can I avoid the forced auto-update?
Interesting, I always wondered if something like that would happen once the other case became known.
I don’t think you have to stress too much about the approaching forced update, it’s not like those can skip the checks that are in place. There is no upgrade path to A.175 from the build you are on, so it will just keep on failing because of some hash missmatches.
You should however #contactsupport as soon as possible if you haven’t already.
You can completely disable automatic system updates in the developer options. For obvious reasons, this is not recommended and hence the option is hidden. But in borderline cases like this, it might come in handy.
The dev team of FP is in Taiwan. I think it was just a mistake and they were careless with opening up the beta inside that country, not taking into account regular people also go their with their Fairphone.
“Greedy” is beside the point. At least as far as I am concerned, it’s all about security, and whatever happens, support for 12 will last longer than for 11, won’t it. And long support is the main reason I bought a Fairphone, else I would had stayed with Samsung.
So, if I am to be stuck with something because of chipset EOL issues, I’d rather be stuck with Android 13 than 12 (or 11). (Here I’m assuming Fairphone will keep releasing security patches, but by buying a Fairphone I was betting on them soldiering on. If they fold, I’ve lost my bet and my money anyway.)
Android 12 also comes with enhanced security and privacy features, monthly updates are not everything, also the major updates count.
For me the one-handed mode from Android 12 is very welcoming, since the phone is just too big to use with one hand, and I have big hands. Among other neat features of course. But I already feel an urge to have Android 13 because it takes privacy and security even further, which of course is too soon for many vendors. But considering the time it takes to get Android 12…